Graduate certificates can be awarded to non-degree seeking students, as well as to students who are working on graduate degrees. At least two thirds of the course work (5000-level or higher courses) for the certificate must be taken on the A/F grading option. Certificates must include a minimum of 9 credit hours of Virginia Tech graduate credits. No transfer credits are accepted toward graduate certificates. All grades must be "C" or higher and the overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher. The specific requirements for each certificate can be found on the Graduate School Certificate Page.

Certificate candidates must be admitted to the Graduate School and formally accepted to the certificate program. Applications can be found on the Graduate School website.

Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, an Application For Certificate Conferral must be signed by the department and submitted by the deadline in the term in which the certificate will be awarded. 


The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a university-approved program of advanced study offered by the Center for Gerontology. The required minimum of 9 credits focus on three core gerontology competency domains, namely aging processes and outcomes related to biological changes and health, dimensions of psychological functioning, and contemporary social and societal issues. 

Post-Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy

The post-master’s (PM) certificate program is offered at our National Capital Region campus and is designed for people who have earned a master's degree in a mental health discipline and would like to obtain specific training in marriage and family therapy. Some PM students need academic courses for licensure and some just want to learn how to work with families effectively. Although certain courses are required, programs of study are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of each student.

Human Sexuality Studies

The Graduate Certificate draws on diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives to produce unique insights into how sexual expression, behavior, and representation are shaped by multiple intersecting individual and cultural contexts, and how they, in turn, shape the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations. While both broadening and deepening student knowledge about the health, psychological, familial, social, cultural, and political aspects of human sexual behavior from a global perspective, this program will encourage intercultural understanding, problem-solving, and social responsibility.