Nov 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Graduate Study, Graduate Certificate

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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 may 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 three credit hours in approved departmentally based graduate courses.
  • A maximum of three credit hours of independent study.
  • An optional three-credit-hour project.

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for applicants with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue advanced integrated and interdisciplinary, humanities-based graduate work, with a GPA of 3.00 (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 program director and faculty/program chair 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. Application fee.

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