Obtaining Your Certificate

Certificate Programs
CSULB offers a number of programs leading to the award of a post-baccalaureate certificate. Some certificates must be pursued concurrently while pursuing a degree. Select programs can be pursued independently as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the University catalog for a list of available certificate programs and details.


Certificate programs typically require completion of 24 to 27 units of course work and emphasize the practical application of knowledge. When the certificate is pursued concurrently with a Master’s degree, there may be an opportunity for courses to apply to both the degree and certificate programs, if the program permits, but such overlap may not exceed 15 units. Consult with your academic department for details.

Visit MyCSULB to apply for graduation and pay the Graduation Application fee online no later than the deadline for your graduation term (see below). Current fees are listed in the University catalog.

Graduation Term Deadline Application Window
Fall Preceding March 1 October 16 - March 1
Winter Preceding March 1 October 16 - March 1
Spring Preceding October 15 March 2 - October 15
Summer Preceding October 15 March 2 - October 15

You can still apply for graduation online after the established deadlines, but you will need to pay an additional missed deadline fee of $10 (in addition to the Apply to Graduate fee).

The evaluation of your record begins about 3 weeks after your final semester. All items that affect your certificate, such as transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, petitions, waivers, etc., must be received prior to the last day of your final semester.

After the Enrollment Services’ review, you will be notified via email as to the status of your certificate. If you completed all requirements, you will receive an email notification when your certificate will be mailed to you. The award of a certificate will be noted on your transcript.