Graduate Certificate Proposals
Graduate certificates enable many students to meet their specialized and/or interdisciplinary educational goals and are an important tool in the university's graduate recruitment. Graduate certificates complement graduate degree programs by providing the university with opportunities to respond quickly to emerging technological and professional opportunities.
Innovative Education exists to support USF's faculty and academic administrators and support staff in the development innovative graduate education. We can assist your department with creating a new certificate, modifying an existing one, resolving student issues, and many other certificate-related functions.
Please note that the USF Graduate Council policies regarding new certificate criteria and student eligibility and admissions govern graduate certificate programs. To learn more, view Graduate Council Policies.
How to Propose a New Graduate Certificate
To propose a new graduate certificate program, please follow these steps:
- Call the Office of Graduate Certificates at 813-974-2442 to discuss your idea.
- Download the Graduate Certificate Proposal Form.
- Complete the form, then email it to the Office of Graduate Certificates for initial review. New courses must also go through New Course Proposal procedures concurrently with the Graduate Certificate Proposal.
- Once the draft has been reviewed by the Office of Graduate Certificates, and any needed revisions have been completed, you must have the proposal signed by your department chair/director. If the certificate is interdisciplinary in nature, please get a letter of support from the departments whose courses are included in the certificate curriculum.
- Submit the proposal to your college dean's office for review by the college committee and the dean.
- Once you have obtained the signatures of the college committee and the dean, send the original, fully-signed proposal to the Office of Graduate Certificates in SVC1072. Keep a signed copy for your files.
- In addition, you must email the final version of the proposal to the Office of Graduate Certificates for posting on the Graduate Council web site.
- Once the signed proposal is received, the Office of Graduate Certificates will request that it be placed on the Graduate Council agenda for review.
- The proposal will then be reviewed by the Graduate Council Curriculum Subcommittee. If the proposal is approved by the Curriculum Subcommittee, then it is sent to the full Graduate Council for final approval.
- Once the proposal is fully approved, the Office of Graduate Certificates arranges for the new certificate program to be set up for student enrollment in Banner and OASIS.