Glossary of Program Categories

Accelerated Master's Degree:  A program where students have the opportunity to double count some of their courses toward both their bachelor's degree and master's degree.

Graduate Certificate: A collection of courses comprising 15 to 18 credit hours available to degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students. Some certificates have titles that are similar to or the same as graduate degrees. Others, called stand-alone certificates, have titles that are distinct from any other program and are composed of a distinct set of courses that are exclusive to the certificate and are not aligned with any other graduate program.  Certificates are recorded on students’ transcripts.

Graduate Concentration: A distinct choice within a graduate degree described in the Graduate Bulletin. A minimum of nine credit hours must be completed for fulfillment of a graduate concentration. Concentrations are recorded on students’ transcripts. 

Graduate Emphasis or Option: A distinct or specialized focus of study within a major comprising fewer than 12 credit hours, all of which must differ from the core set of courses. Emphases are not recorded on students’ transcripts .

Major: The field of specialization as part of an undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Minor: An area of specialization as part of an undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 20 credit hours.

Undergraduate Certificate: A collection of courses comprising 12 to 18 credit hours available to degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students. Certificates may be composed of a distinct set of courses not wholly aligned with an existing program of study or may be a subset of an existing program of study. However, the curriculum and the title associated with the certificate must not be identical to the undergraduate degree program (major, minor, concentration, or option). Certificates are recorded on students’ transcripts. 

Undergraduate Concentration: A distinct and specialized program of study authorized within a student's major. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be completed for fulfillment of an undergraduate concentration. Concentrations are recorded on students’ transcripts