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. 

Africana Studies

A certificate in Africana studies requires 12 hours of course work on topics ranging from history to research methods. The mission of the Africana Studies program is to critically assess present cultural forces and historical conditions that have given rise to the economic, legal, psychological, educational, social and moral status of all people of African descent. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the curriculum is composed of courses in literature, history, sociology, political science, religion, and gender relations.

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Women's and Gender Studies

A certificate in women's and gender studies requires 9 hours of course work on topics ranging from feminist theory to feminist research methodologies. By earning a certificate in women's and gender studies, students gain access to an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of gender in social structure, history, culture, and technology. The Women's & Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech presents students with new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it. 

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