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 your Graduate Certificate Director for department/college approval.

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

  • Must have 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 the Graduate Certificate Director 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 signed Graduate Certificate Completion Form, students will be notified of receipt and final processing. This will ensure that completion language is added to the students' transcripts within 2 to 4 weeks’ time. A printed copy of the completed graduate certificate will subsequently be mailed to the student within 3 to 4 weeks following certification of completion.