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UIC Graduate Level Certificate Programs

UIC has two categories of Certificate Programs, “IBHE” (Illinois Board of Higher Education) and “Campus.” IBHE Certificate Programs require the completion of more semester hours than Campus Certificate Programs. Students enrolled in an IBHE Certificate Program are considered degree-seeking, and students in a Campus Certificate Program are nondegree. Instruction in either category may be online, blended or face-to-face. (See UIC Online for UIC’s definitions of online and blended programs). Click here for more information about the individual certificates.

Students Applying to Online Certificate Programs

IBHE and Campus Certificates that have been approved as online programs are available to domestic and international applicants. Domestic and international applicants use the same application process. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Note, TOEFL scores must be reported directly to UIC by ETS. Paper score reports will not be accepted as official scores unless they are sent to our office directly by ETS.) The Declaration and Certification of Finances form is not required for international applicants for online certificates.

Students Applying to Blended or Face-to-Face Certificate Programs

IBHE Certificates that are approved as blended (a combination of online, blended and face-to face courses) or face-to-face only are available to domestic and international applicants. Domestic and international applicants use the same application process. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Note, TOEFL scores must be reported directly to UIC by ETS. Paper score reports will not be accepted as official scores unless they are sent to our office directly by ETS.) The Declaration and Certification of Finances form is required for international applicants for blended and face-to-face certificates.

Campus Certificates that are approved as blended (a combination of online, blended and face-to face courses) or face-to-face only are available to domestic applicants or international applicants who do not require a student visa. Applicants who need a visa to enroll for blended or face-to-face Campus Certificates are not eligible for admission unless already registered in a graduate degree program at UIC.

Application Procedures

Application procedures vary for different certificates. Follow the directions under the sections titled IBHE Certificates, Campus Certificates, and IBHE and Campus Certificates with Different Application Procedures listed below.

For the IBHE Certificates and Campus Certificate sections, note:

  1. When you enter the online application for admission, under “Select an Application Type,” first choose either “Graduate Certificate IBHE” or “Graduate Certificate Campus” from the dropdown list. You will then be able to select the appropriate certificate under “Planned Program of Study.”
  2. If you previously enrolled at UIC as a graduate student, choose the “Pay Later” option when you submit the application so that an application fee waiver can be reviewed.

IBHE Certificates

To apply for the following IBHE certificate programs, please click here and follow the instructions. (Also see IBHE and Campus Certificates with Different Application Procedures if the certificate you are interested in is not listed in this section.) After creating a Login ID and PIN number, you will be directed to a drop down box. Please select “Graduate IBHE Certificate.” Please note that the college or school to which the program belongs is indicated in the parentheses.

Campus Certificates

To apply for the following Campus certificate programs, please click here and follow the instructions. (Also see IBHE and Campus Certificates with Different Application Procedures if the certificate you are interested in is not listed in this section.) After creating a Login ID and PIN number, you will be directed to a drop down box. Please select “Graduate Certificate Campus.” Please note that the college or school to which the program belongs is indicated in the parentheses.

IBHE and Campus Certificates with Different Application Procedures

The following certificate programs use a different application process than those listed above. Click on the name of the certificate program and you will be directed to the correct application.  Click on Teacher Certification or Dentistry (DDS) for certificates related to those areas.