Academic Credit Certificate Requirements




To be admitted to an undergraduate academic credit certificate program, students should have at least 60 units of academic credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or sufficient experience to demonstrate they can perform upper division work. Students who do not have 60 units are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to a program on a conditional basis. To be admitted to a graduate academic certificate program, students must have an earned baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate degree or in the last 60 units.

Contact individual academic certificate program staff (listed in program descriptions) for specific admission procedures. In most cases, students may take academic certificate program courses without being formally admitted to a program.

Requirement Waivers

Academic credit, skills or experience acquired outside a certificate program may qualify students to challenge or waive certificate requirements.


Acceptance in an academic certificate program does not guarantee a space in any class. Spaces are reserved only when course registration forms and fees are received by SF State Extended Learning.


Course fees are noted at the end of each course description.

CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).


Once students have completed the necessary coursework, students may submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form to receive a certificate signifying program completion.

To graduate, these requirements must be met:

1. The student must have been formally admitted into the program.

2. The coursework used to satisfy the requirements of an academic certificate must be completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) and only courses with a grade of credit, C-, or better may be included to meet academic certificate program requirements. Note: Some programs may require students to maintain a B average. For more information, contact the appropriate program director or coordinator.

3. At least two-thirds of the units applied toward meeting the requirements of an academic certificate program must be graded on an A-F basis.

4. All requirements for academic certificate programs must be completed within a seven-year time period, defined as beginning with the date of registration for the first course used to meet the requirements for the certificate and ending with the date the last requirement is completed. Students should file an application for the award of the certificate within the same time period.

5. All financial obligations to the university must be cleared.

Writing Skills

Academic certificate program courses require good writing skills. Students enrolled in academic certificate programs who do not have baccalaureate degrees are asked to demonstrate their writing ability. Students may complete this requirement by taking the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) course offered by their department. Alternately, students may take and pass ENG 414.

Subsidy Process

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Financial Aid

See Financial Aid.