As part of our commitment to continuing education, CECS offers 21 graduate-level certificate programs to provide industry professionals an opportunity to acquire expertise in a particular focus area.
Courses completed toward one certificate area may not be double-counted toward additional certificates. Replacement courses may be elected with the approval of the program advisor. Students admitted to a CECS graduate certificate program have 3 years from their first semester of enrollment to complete the required number of credit hours for the certificate. Students have 2 years from the date they complete the last required graduate certificate course to apply for the certificate to be granted.
All but two of our graduate certificate programs are available online through our Distance Learning Network (DLN). Certificate programs in Electric Energy Technology and Plastic and Composite Materials cannot be completed online.
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in an engineering or computer science discipline with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants who wish to pursue the Program & Project Management certificate may also possess a degree in Business, Economics, Math or another Physical Science. A $35 fee is required at time of application.
Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at UM-Dearborn may declare a CECS graduate certificate to supplement their primary field of study or area of expertise. Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their graduate degree program before applying to a certificate program. In order to declare a certificate, students must fill out a Declaration of Certificate Form and return it to Extended Learning & Outreach located in room 2000 Professional Education Center (PEC).
Please note: For certificates offered in conjunction with majors offered through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, not more than one-sixth of the credits required for the graduate degree may be double-counted with a certificate. Specific rules regarding the duplicate use of credit hours are available at the Rackham Graduate School website at http://www.rackham.umich.edu/.
Students may also pursue a graduate certificate as a non-degree seeking student. Students pursuing this option should complete the Application for Non-Candidate for Degree Students . Because of the relatively few credit hours required to earn a certificate, credits earned at another accredited institution, including another University of Michigan campus cannot be transferred into the UM-Dearborn CECS certificate program.
Completion of Certificate
Certificates are conferred three times per year: Fall, Winter, and Summer semester. A Program Completion Form should be completed and submitted to ELO at the beginning of the term in which a student expects to complete their certificate requirements. When applying for certification, all graduate certificate students are to abide by the official graduation timetable, which is predetermined by Enrollment Services and Registration & Records. Students not meeting certificate requirements must apply for certification in a subsequent term by the specified deadline date.