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FAQs / Online Certificates

Graduate Certificates require between 9-13 credit hours depending on the certificate.
Graduate Certificates provide students with a specific high-level skill set and knowledge, boosting their return on investment from the academic experience. They can also be completed concurrently with Online MS degrees through strategic mapping of free electives.

The application deadlines are:

  • Fall Semester – August 1st
  • Spring Semester – December 1st
  • Summer Semester – April 1st

Current Purdue Online Graduate Students should submit Graduate Certificate applications after they have completed their first semester but before their last semester at Purdue University.

All applicants of the Business Online Graduate Certificates must pay the application processing fee. There are no waivers.
Existing online degree-seeking students are not eligible to apply to an online Graduate Certificate program until they have completed at least one semester of coursework.
Yes, the courses in the Online Graduate Certificates can be taken as electives with program approval. Completion may require additional credits beyond the graduate program’s normal degree requirements.
Yes, current Online MBA and Master’s students are eligible to complete an online Graduate Certificate. Students are required to complete a Graduate Certificate application in order to be admitted to the program(s).

Yes, current graduate students can take additional courses needed for the Online Graduate Certificate after graduation.

Purdue Alumni who have earned some or all the credits required to complete an Online Graduate Certificate can apply to earn or finish the Online Graduate Certificate program within 5 years of graduating.

Below are some examples of how the Online Graduate Certificates can be paired with an Online Master's degree:

  • MS Business Analytics students can apply for an Online Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Technology Commercialization.
  • MS Economics students can apply for an Online Graduate Certificate in Public Economics & Policy.
Note: Online Graduate students will not be permitted to apply to an Online Graduate Certificate program that is in the exact same field of study as the graduate degree they are pursuing. (Example: MS Global Supply Chain student can not be admitted to the Global Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate.)


The Online Graduate Certificate program will be noted as a, "Graduate Certificate in Subject Area, from the Mitchell E. Daniels School of Business". This credential will be posted on the academic transcript separately from other completed Purdue University credentials once the program requirements have been completed.


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