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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate classes are offered on-campus, online, or a combination to best suit your needs.  Students can begin the program in Summer (May), Spring (January) or Fall (August).  A student who is admitted to a graduate degree program is not automatically granted admission to associated graduate certificate programs (including embedded certificates). 

Students admitted solely to graduate certificate programs:

  • are not candidates for a degree
  • are not assured future admission to a degree program
  • are not eligible for financial aid
  • are limited to the maximum number of hours required for the graduate certificate

Current OU students looking to ADD the DSA Certificate please note:

  1. You must apply BEFORE completing all required credit hours.  Certificates are not awarded retroactively
  2. Electives must be approved by the DSA office
  3. A maximum of 6 credit hours can be shared from your graduate degree to the certificate

Program Prerequisites

The Graduate Certificate has the following prerequisites for admission, which must be completed before applying:

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Two semesters, or a year, of high language programming (Java or C++ preferred) 


Once you have completed the prerequisites you can complete the Graduate Admission application.  This requires:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts (all)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please note that International students have an application deadline and may require English Proficiency documentation, please visit the International Student page for details.

Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate requires 15 credit hours, with 6-8 credit hours of core course work, and 7-9 credit hours of elective courses from DSA, ISE or CS.  For more information about certificate programs visit the Graduate College website.

Below is the certificate structure:

Cost and Funding

For tuition and fees please visit the Bursar page for more information and helpful tuition and fees calculator.  The Graduate College also have financing information for students and advice for funding your education. 

Departmental financial support is not guaranteed to all admitted students.


Cost and Financial Services