Graduate Certificate Requirements

Time Limit

  • Four years.

Plan of Study

Upon completion of the required 15 units of graduate courses, the student must submit a plan of study to the Graduate College's degree certification office. At that time, the certificate will be posted to the student's transcript.


Graduate Certificate students at the College of Optical Sciences must complete five three-unit graduate courses with a grade of B or better, for a total of 15 units of OSC graduate credit. The Graduate Certificate program requires continuous enrollment in at least three units, and international students completing the Graduate Certificate on campus must enroll in nine units, per residency requirements.

Transfer of Credits

Up to three units of appropriate graduate courses may be transferred from other universities and applied to the certificate. Transfer units must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean. After approval, a GradPath transfer form must be submitted to the Graduate College. The process must be completed before the end of the student's first semester in the Graduate Certifcate program.

Upon admission, Graduate Certificate students may apply up to six units completed in nondegree graduate status toward the program requirements.  Please note that OPTI 597B does not count toward certificate requirements.