Certificate Programs

A certificate is an approved academic award given in conjunction with the satisfactory completion of a program of instruction, signifying a standard of knowledge in a specific subject. Certificates are posted to the official transcript and documented on a separate diploma.

Undergraduate Certificates are available as three types, each differing in terms of the minimum required admission status and in the timing of when the certificate is awarded, as described below. Individual certificates may have unique pre-requisites or program admission requirements defined by the academic departments.

In addition to meeting the specific course requirements of the undergraduate certificate, students must meet the Residency Requirement: a minimum of 16 credits or 3/4 of the credits required for the certificate, whichever is higher, must be earned at Portland State University. 

Postbaccalaureate Certificates are approved academic awards given in conjunction with the satisfactory completion of a program of instruction, signifying a standard of knowledge in a specific subject. The curriculum is designed for students to complete after they have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Graduate Certificates are a linked series of approved graduate-level courses which constitute a coherent body of study with a specific defined focus within a discipline. It is designed for a postbaccalaureate participant and reflects the educational mission of the University.

Certificate - Admission not Required

Undergraduate Certificate at Completion

Undergraduate Certificate with Baccalaureate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

 

Certificate - Admission not Required

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? No
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Non-Degree, Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? No (Aid may be eligible while admitted into an Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, or Graduate admit status with a declared degree/major).
Which certificates are available at this level? TBD

 

Undergraduate Certificate at Completion

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, undergraduate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes (student must have a declared primary major, including UNDC - Undeclared/Exploratory).
Which certificates are available at this level? Art History Certificate (ARHC)
Climate Adaptation and Management Certificate (CAMC)
Human Lactation Certificate (HLAC)
Lake and Reservoir Management Certificate (LRMC)

 

Undergraduate Certificate with Baccalaureate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained only at time the of granting baccalaureate degree.
Is admission required? Yes, undergraduate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes
Which certificates are available at this level?

Advanced Proficiency in Russian Certificate (APRC)
African Studies Certificate (AFRC)
Asian Studies Certificate (ASTC)
Athletic and Outdoor Industry Certificate (GCAO)
Chicano/Latino Studies Certificate (CLAC)
Comics Studies Certificate (CMXC)
Contemporary Turkish Studies Certificate (CTSC)
Entrepreneurship Certificate (ENTC)
European Studies Certificate (CESC)
Food Industry Leadership (FILC)
Global Studies Certificate (GLSC)
International Business Studies Certificate (IBSC)
International Studies: Canadian Certificate (CANC)
International Studies: Latin American Studies Certificate (LASC)
International Studies: Middle Eastern Studies Certificate (MESC)
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate (SICT)
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate (TCRT)
Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Certificate (TJLC)

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, Postbaccalaureate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes
Which certificates are available at this level? Black Studies Certificate (BSTC)
Criminology and Criminal Justice Certificate (CCJC)
Postbaccalaureate Accounting Certificate (PBAC)
Women's Studies Certificate (WSTC)

 

Graduate Certificate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, Graduate admission and matriculation is required
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes
Which certificates are available at this level? Addictions Counseling (GCAC)
Analog and Microwave Circuit Design (GCCD)
Applied Social Demography (GCSD)
Applied Statistics (GCAS)
Business Intelligence and Analytics (GCBI)
Children's and Young Adult Literature (GCCL)
Collaborative Governance (GCCG)
Communication Systems (GCCS)
Computational Intelligence (GCCI)
Computer Architecture and Design (GCCA)
Computer Modeling and Simulation (GCCM)
Computer Security (GCCC)
Design Automation (GCDA)
Digital Design (GCDD)
Digital Signal Processing (GCDS)
Earth and Space Science for K-12 Educators (GCES)
Energy Policy and Management (GCEP)
Energy Systems Graduate Certificate (GCEN)
Engineering Geology (GCEG)
Environmental Geology (GCVG)
Environmental and Resource Economics Certificate (GCER)
Food Marketing and Logistics (GCFM)
Gender, Race, and Nations (GCGR)
Geographic Information Systems (GCGI)
Gerontology (GRNC)
Global Supply Chain Management (GCSC)
Hydro-Geology (GCHG)
Hydrology (GCHY)
Image Processing (GCIP)
Infant/Toddler Mental Health Grad Certificate (GCIT)
Integrated Circuit Testing, Verification, and Validation (GCCT)
Lasers and Opto-electronics (GCLO)
Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (GCMF)
Mathematics for Middle School Teachers (GCMS)
New Product Development Mgmt (GCPD)
Nonprofit and Public Management Certificate (GCNM)
Project Management Certificate (GCPR)
Public Interest Design (GCPI)
Real Estate Development (GCRE)
Service Learning and Community Based Learning (GCSL)
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate (GCSI)
Software Engineering (GCSO)
Strategic Management of Technology (GCSM)
Student Affairs in Higher Education (GCSA)
Sustainability Graduate Certificate (GCSU)
Sustainable Food Systems (GCSF)
Systems Engineering Fundamentals (GCSE)
Teaching Adult Learners (GCAL)
Technological Entrepreneurship (GCTE)
Technology Management (GCTM)
Training and Development (GCTD)
Transportation (GCTR)
Urban Design (GCUD)