How to Complete

Certificate Completion

To receive your completed graduate certificate, you must first fill out the Graduate Certificate Completion Form with your contact and course information before submitting the paperwork to to the Office of Graduate Studies: Graduate Certificates at

To qualify for completion, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have gained acceptance and submitted all necessary admissions requirements, including the submission of your official bachelor’s degree transcripts.
  • Must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in all referenced graduate certificate coursework.
  • Completed coursework must match the required/elective coursework referenced in the USF Graduate Catalog for the referenced graduate certificate program.

Graduate Certificate students should submit their Completion Form to no later than the last day of the semester in which they will complete the final course(s) for their Graduate Certificate.  Refer to the academic calendar for the final day of classes.

For Graduate Certificate students concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Degree, the student must be admitted into the Graduate Certificate prior to conferring their concurrent Graduate Degree.

For Graduate Certificate students NOT concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Degree, a Completion Form must be submitted no later than five years after starting the first course applied to the Graduate Certificate.

All students must be currently active at the time the Completion Form is submitted.

Once the Office of Graduate Certificates has received the Graduate Certificate Completion Form, we will route the paperwork to the appropriate department/college signatories and submit the paperwork for final processing once signed – usually within 2 to 4 weeks of submission. Students will be notified of receipt and final processing via email by our university printer once an order for the printed graduate certificate has been placed in the mail. A printed copy of the completed graduate certificate will subsequently be mailed to the student within 2 to 3 weeks from that point.