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Admissions - Graduate Certificates

Time to Complete

Full-time and part-time students may enroll in a certificate program. Degree-seeking students may take courses in conjunction with their regular course load. Students attending full-time can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year (two semesters) and a maximum of three academic years (six semesters). Degree-seeking students attending part-time can complete the certificate in approximately two academic years (three semesters) and a maximum of four academic years (eight semesters).

Non-degree seeking, full-time students can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year (one semester). Non-degree seeking, part-time students, taking one course per semester, can complete the certificate in two academic years (three semesters).

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to apply to the certificate program. The admission requirements will be based on enrollment status at the institution.

Degree-seeking students will:

  • Submit a Graduate Certificate Application
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Non-degree seeking students will:

  • Submit a Graduate Certificate Application and pay the fee
  • Submit official undergraduate transcripts demonstrating bachelor's degree conferral
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Students who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IEL TS) with a minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL scores of 20 or greater in Listening, Writing, Speaking, and Reading subsections

Programming Language Requirement:
Most certificates do not require a background in programming, however those with CS 5044 or ECE 5484 require knowledge of Java, C, C++, or C#. See the individual course descriptions for more information.

An online course that meets the programming language requirement is ITP 120, Java Programming I, specifically offered through Virginia Western Community College. It is tailored to VT-MIT students needing additional programming skills. See ITP120 Java Programming I for more information. This class is highly recommended for those who have no programming experience, or those who need a refresher.