Appalachian offers certificate programs in numerous disciplines. The academic requirements for these programs are detailed in the sections on programs in this Bulletin.
These certificate programs are not degree programs; students who complete the required coursework will receive a "certificate of completion." The primary purpose of these programs is to provide a student seeking additional expertise with the opportunity to complete a cohesive program of coursework that is less than a graduate degree, but provides advanced training in a specific area.
Applying ASU Graduate Certificate Credits Toward Degree Programs: Hours completed to meet the requirements of an earned Appalachian State University graduate certificate may potentially be applied toward a graduate degree within the same or closely related discipline. The hours must be applied in the degree Program of Study on a course-by‐course basis and must meet the appropriate standards for use in the degree. Certificate hours transferred may not exceed 50% of the total degree program requirements. If these hours are equal to or exceed 50% of the degree program requirements, additional transfer credits are not allowed.