Academic Advising


The Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising is intended for practicing academic advisors and those who plan to enter the field. The curriculum addresses an array of relevant topics including student development theory, issues of diversity, and other challenging characteristics of students who participate in academic advising services. Upon completion of the certificate program, student should be able to:

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

New USF Students Applying to a Certificate Program

To apply for admission to USF, you must:

Complete the online application for admission.

Existing USF Graduate Students Applying to a Certificate Program

To apply for admission to your Graduate Certificate program, you must:

Existing USF Graduate Students are not required to pay the non-refundable $30 application fee or submit transcripts.

Submit Other Required Documents to USF

If you wish to take classes on campus, you must:

NOTE: Admission to a graduate certificate program does not imply automatic acceptance into a graduate degree program.


None are required.

Requirements (12 Credit Hours)



Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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