Navigating Graduate Certificates

Grad & Post-Baccalaureate Certificates



Advance your career by taking advantage of the variety of certificate programs available at Mines. Looking for online programs specifically? Visit Mines Online for details.

Course Selection

Certificate programs include 9 to 12 credits of coursework. Guidance on course selection is provided in the Mines Graduate Catalog and/or by the certificate program director.

For online certificate programs specifically, please visit Mines Online.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credits may be applied towards certificates.

Students in Combined BS/MS or BS/PHD may not double count any credits towards graduate certificate.

Visit the Transfer Credit page for details.

Academic Standing

Certificate students are required to follow Mines’ graduate academic standing policies; visit the Academic Standing page for details. Notably, a cumulative final GPA of 3.0 or above (B average in all courses) is required for a certificate to be awarded. Please contact your certificate program director or the Office of Graduate Studies if you have questions about the academic standing policies or your grades.


Visit the graduate studies grades page for details and the Academic Standing page for policies.

Steps to Completion

Submit Certificate Audit Form

  • Students complete this form at least one semester prior to their completion term, when they have finished and/or registered for all their courses. See Deadlines and Forms page for deadlines.
  • Required for all certificate students
  • The completion application will be filed by the Office of Graduate Studies when the Certificate Audit form has been processed.

Completion and Awarding

Given the program’s shorter time-frame, no formal commencement ceremony is held for certificate students. However, individual programs may celebrate students’ completion of their certificates; please check with the program director. 

The certificates will be awarded within 10 business days from the last day of the term and a free electronic Certificate will be issued approximately 3 weeks later.

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