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Certificate Requirements

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  1. Introduction
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Policy Statement
  4. Policy History

I. Introduction

  1. Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees retain authority to approve, interpret, and administer policies pertaining to the governance of the University. The Trustees grant authority to the President of MSU Denver to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the operation of the University.

  2. Purpose: This policy states the rules and requirements for MSU Denver students to be awarded a certificate upon completion of their program.

  3. Applies to: This policy applies to MSU Denver students enrolled in a certificate program.

II. Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible Executive: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

  2. Responsible Administrator: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness

  3. Responsible Office: Provost's Office

  4. Policy Contact: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, 303-615-1900

III. Policy Statement

  1. Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to their certificate program contained in the University catalog and elsewhere. Students have final responsibility for completing the requirements for a certificate and are urged to seek advising. Students should never assume that they have approval to deviate from a stated requirement without a properly signed statement to that effect. Please refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures in the University catalog.

  2. To earn a certificate, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, plus any others stipulated for the certificate. For students in a standalone certificate program to receive financial aid, the certificate must be 24 credits or more and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education prior to students enrolling.

  3. Minimum Requirements

    1. Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 18 hours for post-baccalaureate certificates) as recommended by the certificate program. Credit hours may not be waived from certificate programs.
    2. Complete all special requirements of a department, school, or college.
    3. Achieve at least a “C” or higher in each of the certificate courses. The courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.
    4. A maximum of one course substitution is permitted per certificate. Lower division courses may not replace upper division courses.
    5. File an Application for Certificate Awarding with the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar.
    6. Academic residency (classroom credit) requirements:
      1. Complete a minimum of 60% of semester hours applicable to the certificate at MSU Denver.
      2. Students should be aware that University of Colorado Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residency requirements at MSU Denver. Physics (PHY) courses are excluded from this restriction. 

IV. Policy History

  1. Effective: April 2018

  2. Review Schedule: This policy is to be reviewed every three years or as necessary to conduct University operations.

  3. Approved by: President

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