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DBU Certificate programs have been designed to provide additional knowledge and skills for individuals seeking to prepare for new careers, to qualify for promotions, to gain or refine expertise in a particular area of study, to enhance educational or professional credentials, or to pursue a course of study simply for self-enrichment.
The programs are planned with working adults in mind, so courses are scheduled at convenient times and locations, and in cases where a cohort group can be established, courses may be scheduled at the workplace. DBU is an innovative leader in distance education and many courses are available online.
The curriculum for a certificate program will typically consist of four to eight courses in a specified field of study. Each course in a certificate program earns two to three credit hours and may be applied toward an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.
Students enrolled in a certificate program are eligible to use University facilities such as the Computer Lab, the Vance Memorial Library, and the John G. Mahler Student Center.
The University has established certain policies as the context through which the academic endeavor will be completed. These policies seek to aid students in their progress toward an academic experience that is both effective and efficient. Students enrolled in certificate programs should become familiar with University policies as stated here, in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog, and in the current DBU Schedule of Classes. Students should seek full understanding of, and are responsible for, adherence to all University policies
Course transfer is limited to one course, in addition to prerequisites for a required course in a certificate program. Only one course which satisfies undergraduate degree requirements for a major, minor, or concentration may be applied toward a certificate program.
Students granted admission to DBU Certificate Programs must satisfy the program requirements listed in the published catalog for the term in which they register for the first course in a certificate program. However, under extenuating circumstances, the dean of the college from which the certificate course is offered may authorize course substitutions. No waiver of the total number of required courses is permitted.
Certificates must be completed within a period of six years.
Only students granted admission to the DBU Certificate Program are eligible to be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
To earn a Certificate of Completion, students must achieve at least a 2.0 overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate certificate programs, or at least a 3.0 GPA for advanced certificate programs.
At the completion of all certificate program course requirements, students are responsible for requesting a certificate of completion from the Certificate Programs Department which is housed in the Office of Graduate Programs. Request forms are available through this department, all academic advisors, and online.
Completion of a Dallas Baptist University certificate program will signify that the certificate holder has acquired knowledge and proficiencies in a specialized area of study. The certificate alone does not guarantee a specific level of performance, but does signify that the individual has been provided with knowledge and skills that if appropriately applied will produce improved performance. It is important to note that certain professional associations and state agencies often rely on certificates as evidence that an individual is eligible for a specific licensure of position. A DBU certificate does not guarantee licensure, employment, or promotion unless it has been identified as the sole prerequisite for such. Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-5400 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Baptist University.
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