Certificate in Diversity
The Certificate in Diversity is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different aspects of diversity, such as theory, understanding, personal communication, and exploring the various dimensions, and application of diversity. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement.
The Certificate is a 12-semester hour program. The certificate is available to students from any major and courses may be included as part of a master's or doctoral program with the approval of the faculty advisor. Coursework is completed online.
Admission to the Certificate in Diversity
In addition to admission requirements of the college of Graduate Studies, admission to the certificate program requires the following:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution
An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work or acceptable scores on the GRE for prospective students with less than a 2.7 undergraduate GPA
A well-written statement of purpose describing, minimally, the student’s background or training in diversity (if any), career goals, and the importance of the certificate in achieving those goals
One letter of recommendation from either an employer or a faculty member regarding the prospective student's potential for doing graduate level work.
The certificate program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.
What to Submit with Your Application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
Statement of purpose
One letter of recommendation
GRE scores if required
Requirements for the Certificate in Diversity
For the Certificate, students must complete the following program requirements:
A minimum of 12 semester hours of approved graduate course work
Completion of the following: HED 5900/7900, 5910/7910, 5960/7960, and 5970/7970
Courses may be included as part of a master's or doctoral degree program as approved by the student's faculty advisor. Master's level courses (5000/6000 level) may be included as part of a master's plan of study. Doctoral level courses (7000/8000 level) may be included as part of a doctoral plan of study.
All coursework and requirements of the certificate must be taken within a four-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
Plan of Study
A plan of study identifying the courses for the certificate is required after 6 credit hours. The certificate plan of study must include the following within the 12 semester hour minimum:
- 12 credits of specialization in diversity
Guide for Developing a Plan of Study
Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Certificate in Diversity. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.
|Specialization in Diversity|
|HED 5900/7900||Diversity Leadership||3|
|HED 5910/7910||Diversity Beginnings||3|
|HED 5960/7960||Diversity in Practice||3|
|HED 5970/7970||Diversity Advancement||3|