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Graduate Certificates

Binghamton University's graduate certificate programs allow you to develop specialized expertise to complement your main area of study, advance your career and stand out to employers. Programs are available for students already enrolled in a graduate degree program as well as for professionals who hold a bachelor's or master's degree and wish to enhance their professional development.

See below for the following information:


Certificate Programs


"Stand-alone" certificates are available to applicants who already hold the appropriate bachelor's or master's degree, as well to currently enrolled, matriculated graduate students at Binghamton University (see desired program for details). A graduate certificate application must be submitted for the following certificate programs, along with the required credentials. 



"Add-On" certificates are available to students already enrolled in degree-granting graduate programs at Binghamton University.


Certificate of Completion

Also available to students already enrolled in degree-granting graduate programs at Binghamton University, certificates of completion are non-credit-bearing and typically require an internship, workshop participation and a portfolio.

*The requirements and admissions process for the Certificates of Completion may vary; please carefully review program details.



All students seeking a graduate certificate must be admitted or enrolled either to an existing graduate degree program or as a non-degree student at Binghamton University. Funding is not available to non-degree students completing certificate programs.

Important note: Certificate students are not automatically admitted to master's or doctoral programs. They must meet the admissions requirements of those degree programs and be accepted. Students may concurrently apply for a certificate and a Binghamton University graduate degree program. However, a student cannot be awarded a certificate twice, nor can a student apply work for one certificate to a different certificate.

Some programs, especially stand-alone certificates in nursing and education, require additional application material. Make sure to check the academic department's or program's admission details carefully.


To apply to a stand-alone certificate, you must complete an Embark application. If you are already a matriculated graduate student at Binghamton, you may apply to one of the university's add-on certificate programs using the add-on certificate application form.


Students who have enrolled in a certificate program and paid all required fees will have access to:

  • Binghamton University e-mail account
  • Campus libraries
  • Health and Wellness Center
  • Campus parking

Transfer Credit

All courses transferred into a Graduate Certificate must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Must be graduate-level work from an accredited institution.
  • Grade must be B or better.
  • Must have been taken course(s) no more than two years prior to admission to the certificate program.

The certificate director must approve all transfer credits used to complete a certificate.

In addition, the following restrictions apply:

  • At most one course from outside Binghamton University can be transferred (equivalent to no more than 4 BU credits). Only course credit for "normal grading" will be accepted. The actual grade will not be entered into the Binghamton University GPA. Course credit for Pass or Satisfactory cannot be transferred.
  • Binghamton University graduates who wish to transfer in a graduate course taken above and beyond courses counting for their undergraduate degree and major must have written approval of the department offering the Certificate and the Graduate School. A maximum of one course will be approved.
  • Binghamton University graduate students who wish to transfer in graduate courses taken toward a graduate degree in a Binghamton University school must have the written approval of the department offering the Certificate and the Graduate School.

Steps for Certificate Award

Step 1: Complete all Certificate Requirements

To complete a certificate, you must fulfill the program's required coursework and meet The Graduate School's academic success standards:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (certificate programs may establish higher GPA requirements)
  • All courses used to complete certificates must be taken with a normal grading option whenever available.

Step 2. Meet with Certificate Director

Once you have met all of the certificate program's requirements, meet with the certificate director to verify completion. The certificate director will then submit to The Graduate School written verification that you have completed the certificate.

Step 3. Submit $100 Processing Fee to The Graduate School

The Graduate School requires a $100 fee to process the award of a certificate.

Step 4: Official Transcript and Certificate Award

Once you have paid your fee, The Graduate School will update your official Binghamton University transcript to reflect completion of the certificate. Your certificate will be mailed to you within four-six weeks. 

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Last Updated: 12/2/14