Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates may be earned independently or concurrently with a graduate degree. A Graduate Certificate program must be completed within three years, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in certificate courses must be maintained, and only nine semester credits of certificate course work may be applied toward a graduate degree. No transfer credit will be accepted for a certificate program.

To be considered for graduate admission, an applicant must hold or be completing an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing and have adequate preparation with discernible ability to pursue graduate studies in the major field elected. These criteria are subject to standards set by the individual program areas, which reserve the right to revise or amend their entrance requirements beyond the minimal requirements of the University. Admission requirements vary by program. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the program area to verify admission requirements prior to applying.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology*

  • This certificate program is open to students in good academic standing in the School and Community Psychology M.A. program.

College and University Teaching*

  • This certificate program is open to recent graduates of and students currently enrolled in a Wayne State University doctoral or terminal master's program and who plan to seek faculty positions upon completing their degree.

Online Teaching*

  • This certificate program is intended for individuals in or preparing for teaching positions in K-12 schools and higher education or those preparing for careers in corporate training offices. The certificate provides students with essential knowledge and skills in pedagogy, course development, evaluation, instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in online learning environments.

NOTE: *Programs may qualify for Title IV funding under the gainful employment act, please check with the Office of Financial Aid.

Application Process

Applicants not previously enrolled at Wayne State University Graduate School are required to submit an online Application for Graduate Admission and all official transcripts from each college or university (undergraduate and graduate) attended to the University Admissions Office (see address below). A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from the institution where the work was completed and bears an official seal. Transcripts mailed to the student are not considered official, even if sealed in a separate envelope.

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University

5057 Woodward Ave.
Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

Phone: (313) 577-GRAD (4723)
Fax: (313) 577-0131

A graduate student in good standing with the Wayne State University Graduate School should file a Change of Status Application in the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, may be required; if so, they should be mailed directly to the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education by the institution where the applicant was enrolled. The Change of Status Application is available online or on the campus of Wayne State University in Room 489, College of Education.

The University Office of Admissions will make every effort to process the application in time for the semester of the applicant's choice. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Education Office, College of Education, Room 489 to insure that they are complete and are then forwarded to the appropriate program for consideration. Only those applications which are received by the Graduate Education Office by the application deadline noted below will be reviewed for the approaching semester. Late applications will be considered for the next semester's class.Application deadlines will vary for different programs. Please check with the Department for exact deadline dates. An earlier deadline date will take precedence over the General Application Deadline Dates listed below.

General Application Deadline Dates

  • Fall (classes begin in September) - June 1
  • Winter (classes begin in January) - October 1
  • Spring/Summer (classes be May) - February 1