Academic Policies - Undergraduate Certificate Program Requirements

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Undergraduate Certificate Program Requirements

Students enrolled in UMass Lowell certificate programs must complete all courses, generally consisting of both required courses and electives. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace, enrolling in one or two courses each semester. Courses on-campus typically meet one night per week, three hours each night, during the Fall and Spring semesters. Online students generally log on to their course site one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page.

In addition to the Fall and Spring semesters, students may also have the opportunity to accelerate their programs of study during two concentrated six-week Summer sessions. Online courses are also offered during the Summer semester, but typically run from May through August unless otherwise noted. All students should anticipate at least two hours of preparation for every hour of classroom instruction. Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to receive the certificate. All Certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period.

Application into the Program

Those who wish to enroll in the certificate program should submit a completed application form and arrange to have their official high school transcript or GED sent to Online & Continuing Education. Applications, transcripts, and other correspondence should be sent to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
One University Avenue
Southwick Hall 203
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-934-2474

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no fee to apply. Upon acceptance, notification will be sent to students.

Registering for Courses

Continuing Studies offers courses during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Information about current course offerings, schedules, and registration procedures is published regularly on our website. If you would like to receive a printed Course Bulletin, please contact our Faculty and Student Support Center at (978) 934-2474.

You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

Transfer Policy

With program advisor approval, one course may be transferred from another accredited institution to satisfy undergraduate certificate program requirements. The course should be equivalent to UMass Lowell instruction and applicable to the intended program, and the student must have received a grade equivalent to a C- (1.70 on a 4.00 scale) or better.

Academic Advising

Academic and program advisors are available by appointment to help students determine appropriate course loads, discuss admission requirements and review the transferability of courses. For online advising, email us at To schedule an advising appointment, please call Online and Continuing Education at 978-934-2474. General academic advising is also available at the Advising Center on a drop-in basis in Southwick Hall, Room 202 on UMass Lowell North. Students are welcome to stop by Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am–8:00 pm and on Friday from 8:30 am–5:00 pm.

Awarding of Certificates

Upon successful completion of a certificate program, students must submit a completed Certificate Petition Form. Upon verification, students will be mailed their certificates. Receipt of the certificate will be noted formally on the student's transcript with an award date of October, February or June.


Please refer to our current course listings published online each semester for up-to-date pricing information.

For More Information

For additional information on any of our programs, contact us at 978-934-2474 or email

For information on Financial Aid, call the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220.