Undergraduate Certificate Programs

DBU Undergraduate Certificate Programs have been designed to provide additional knowledge and skills for individuals seeking to prepare for new careers, to qualify for promotions, to gain or refine expertise in a particular area of study, to enhance educational or professional credentials, or to pursue a course of study simply for self-enrichment.

The programs are planned with working adults in mind, so courses are scheduled at convenient times and locations, and in cases where a cohort group can be established, courses may be scheduled at the workplace. DBU is an innovative leader in distance education and many courses are available online. See Academic Programs Offered Online for a list of fully online certificate programs.

The curriculum for a certificate program will typically consist of four to eight courses, excluding prerequisites, in a specified field of study. Each course in a certificate program earns two to three credit hours and may be applied toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled in a certificate program are eligible to use University facilities such as the Computer Lab, the Vance Memorial Library, and the John G. Mahler Student Center.

The University has established certain policies as the context through which the academic endeavor will be completed. These policies seek to aid students in their progress toward an academic experience that is both effective and efficient. Students enrolled in certificate programs should become familiar with University policies as stated here, in the Undergraduate Catalog and in the current online Schedule of Classes information. Students should seek a full understanding of and are responsible for, adherence to all University policies.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Course transfer is limited to one course, in addition to prerequisites for a required course in a certificate program. Only one course which satisfies undergraduate degree requirements for a major, minor, or concentration may be applied toward a certificate program. 

Students granted admission to DBU Undergraduate Certificate Programs must satisfy the program requirements as listed in the published catalog for the term in which they register for the first course in a certificate program. However, under extenuating circumstances, the dean of the college from which the certificate course is offered may authorize course substitutions. No waiver of the total number of required courses is permitted. 

CERTIFICATES MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN A PERIOD OF SIX YEARS.

Only students granted admission to the DBU Undergraduate Certificate Program are eligible to be awarded a Certificate of Completion. To earn a Certificate of Completion, students must achieve at least a 2.0 overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate certificate programs. 

At the completion of all certificate program course requirements, students are responsible for requesting a certificate of completion from the Certificate Programs Department which is housed in the Office of Admissions. Request forms are available through this department, all academic advisors, and online.  Certificate Program completion fee required.

Completion of a Dallas Baptist University certificate program will signify that the certificate holder has acquired knowledge and proficiencies in a specialized area of study. The certificate alone does not guarantee a specific level of performance but does signify that the individual has been provided with knowledge and skills that if appropriately applied will produce improved performance. It is important to note that certain professional associations and state agencies often rely on certificates as evidence that an individual is eligible for a specific licensure of position. A DBU certificate does not guarantee licensure, employment, or promotion unless it has been identified as the sole prerequisite for such. Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Baptist University.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

  • Completed Certificate Program Application

  • Non-refundable $25 application fee. The fee is waived if the online application for admission is submitted.

  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate or Official college/university transcripts

  • Letter of Intent (typewritten) stating:
              1) which certificate you would like to earn and why you selected that program
              2) what you personally hope to accomplish during this program
              3) why you have chosen to attend Dallas Baptist University

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

  • Current professional resume

  • Successfully complete all certificate course prerequisites

  • Evidence of sound moral character and compatibility with DBU’s mission

(Undergraduate certificate programs are ineligible for federal financial aid unless the student is in a bachelor’s degree program).