Oct 01, 2022  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

The purpose of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program is to provide adults the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in the liberal arts in a focused and disciplined manner. The certificate program encourages in-depth study of a core topic while drawing upon various disciplines to provide a broad understanding of the subject.

The certificate program is an 18-hour course of study beyond the master’s degree. With the guidance of an adviser, students select a topic and design a program of study consisting of courses from the M.L.S. program curriculum, departmentally based graduate courses and independent study under the guidance of the adviser. A student’s course of study will conclude with a research paper or creative project.

Academic Requirements

The course of study as detailed in this catalog must be completed within four years, and students must maintain a 3.000 GPA throughout the program. A core curriculum of 18 credit hours is drawn from

  • The M.L.S. program course offerings.
  • A maximum of six credit hours in approved departmentally based graduate courses.
  • Three credit hours of independent study.
  • A capstone seminar (three credit hours) in which students complete and present their final paper, project or creative work.

Admission Requirements

This program is designed primarily for M.L.S. program graduates who wish to pursue advanced graduate work. Other applicants must have a master’s degree in the arts, fine arts, humanities or social sciences, with a GPA of 3.500 (preferred). The completed online application for admission must be accompanied by

  1. A 750-word draft proposal that identifies the student’s interest area, purposes for advanced study, previous study or background knowledge of the topic, and a tentative course of study. This document is used by the dean to determine whether the student’s study proposal is appropriate for the program.
  2. Official transcripts from SMU’s M.L.S. program or another graduate program.
  3. The nonrefundable application fee.