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IMC Graduate Certificate

The 15-credit IMC graduate certificate provides students with a broad overview of IMC, focusing on several integral aspects of the discipline.

The program’s academic year consists of five nine-week terms:

  • Early Fall (Aug. – Oct.)
  • Late Fall (Oct. – Dec.)

  • Early Spring (Jan. – March)
  • Late Spring (March – May)

  • Summer (May – July)

Students working toward their IMC certificate take one course per term for one calendar year (five sessions). Certificate-seeking students can begin coursework in either the Early Fall, Early Spring or summer sessions.

Requirements for earning the IMC certificate include successful completion of the following:

Required prerequisite:

2 Core Courses (6 cr.) – select TWO from the following:

2 Electives (6 cr.) – select TWO from the following*:

*Elective options are based on availability; other electives may be substituted based on current course offerings.

**Prerequisite requirements for advanced elective courses would remain in place for certificate-seeking students.

Admission requirements to the IMC certificate track are the same as for the master’s degree track. For certificate students who may be interested in applying courses to the full master’s degree: University Policy states that a maximum of 6 credits obtained by a non-degree student can be applied toward any degree. The IMC and DMC graduate certificate programs are 5 classes/15 credits and our master’s degree in IMC is 11 classes/33 credits. If you complete the IMC or DMC graduate certificate, only 6 of the 15 credits would apply toward our IMC master’s degree. If you start in either of the certificate programs and complete 6 hours or less before changing over to the full master’s degree, this policy will not affect you. (Note: currently there is an eight year maximum time frame for graduate work completion.)

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