California State University, Long Beach offers 40 baccalaureate-level programs leading to the award of a Certificate. Certificate programs differ from baccalaureate majors and minors in their emphasis on practical and applied uses of knowledge in a specific area of human enterprise. Certificates may only be earned concurrently with or following the award of the baccalaureate degree. Certificate programs must require at least 18 units of course work, of which at least 15 units must be at the upper-division level. Many certificates require 24 to 27 units. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the baccalaureate may also be applied to certificate requirements. A maximum of two 500-level courses, taken by eligible students in their senior year, may be applied to a baccalaureate certificate program. Extension and/or transfer credit may comprise no more than one-fourth of the course work used to meet baccalaureate certificate requirements. A grade-point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained in the certificate program's course work.
Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate certificate program should consult the relevant department as early as possible to receive early advisement on the program. Students wishing to receive a certificate must so indicate on the Request to Graduate form filed with the Office of Enrollment Services.
Majors, Minors and Certificate Programs