Necessary Forms

Eligibility

All masters and doctoral students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan (U-M) are eligible to earn a graduate certificate.

Planning for the GCHI

Please look carefully at certificate requirements and plan accordingly. Certificate students are not guaranteed enrollment preference. Most courses are only taught one semester, some are taught bi-annually, and some may have prerequisites.

Please speak with your advisor or Department Program Coordinator to review course planning. Schedules may differ greatly between departments and certificate requirements.

Masters students are responsible for making sure requirements are met within their home department/school: please be mindful of double-counting requirements within your home department. Course credits earned may only be counted toward one certificate program and one degree program, i.e., credits cannot be triple counted toward two certificate programs and a degree program.

If your graduate degree is administered by Rackham, students need to complete a Dual/Joint Degree Election Form and follow Rackham requirements when double-counting course credits.

Dual Degree Students: Dual degree students are responsible for making sure requirements are met between schools. For example, please note that within Rackham, a graduate program may overlap with only one other program (either degree or non-degree) for the purpose of double-counting credit hours. Credit hours may never be used for three or more programs. If a student seeks a third certificate or degree, it must stand alone. Visit Rackham's website for more information on Double-Counting Credit Hours for Dual Degree Programs within Rackham.

Necessary forms

Declaration of intent

Completing the Declaration of Intent Form lets us know you intend to pursue the certificate. Once we receive this form, we will update your official transcript to show that you have matriculated into the certificate program and we will add you to the appropriate e-mail group. This will allow us to communicate with you throughout the certification process.

We recommend students declare their intent in the certificate early for planning purposes as core courses for the certificate may sometimes conflict with core courses in the primary academic program.

Important: If you do not see the certificate listed on your transcript under "Program Action History" within two weeks of declaring intent, please contact us at hi.certificate@umich.edu.

Completion form

When ready to graduate, please submit the appropriate Completion Request Form. This form triggers an audit in the system. Once your completion form has been reviewed and approved, your certificate will be marked as complete on your transcript at the same time your degree is conferred.

During your last semester, apply for graduation from both your degree and certificate program through Wolverine Access. This step is crucial to the degree audit and record keeping process. Failure to do so will cause delays and will move your graduation term to a later date. Students must declare intent first in order to apply to graduate from a certificate.

Important:

  • Your transcript will not list the certificate as complete and you will not receive a certificate diploma unless you apply to graduate from the certificate and meet all requirements.
  • If students do not apply to graduate from the certificate and do not meet certificate requirements, the certificate will automatically be discontinued at graduation. We will not grant certificates after graduation.
  • Certificates can only be conferred at the same time as a U-M degree.
  • Certificates are typically not listed in commencement programs.
  • If you decide you are no longer interested in the certificate, please e-mail hi.certificate@umich.edu to request a discontinuation.