Applying for a Graduate Certificate

Graduate certificates provide students with an opportunity to gain specialized knowledge at the graduate level while requiring less coursework than would be required for a full degree. A graduate certificate can be a good choice for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree, but who do not seek a full master’s degree; for students who are pursuing a master’s degree and wish to use the graduate certificate coursework as an area of interest; and for students who have completed master’s degrees and who desire additional coursework related to their job responsibilities.

Certificate and professional sequences at UIS typically require admission to that specific certificate and transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.

How to apply for a graduate certificate

For new students, download or fill out a university application found at Apply Now! and enter the requested information. Follow the instructions to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Please note that some certificates are not eligible for financial assistance. Please call the Office of Financial Assistance at (217) 206-6724 if you have questions.

For students already enrolled in the MPA program, fill out a Change of Curriculum form. In the new curriculum section, enter MPA in the drop down menu as your “Major or Certificate 1” and the relevant certificate in the drop down menu for “Major or Certificate 2.” Print and submit the form.

Choose the certificate program in which you wish to enroll from the menu.

  • Community Planning
  • Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Sector Labor Relations
  • Public Procurement Management

For those of you pursuing the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) certificate program, you do not need to submit a request through the change of curriculum form.  You do not need to do so because although the courses are taken at UIS, upon completion of the approved courses, the certificate is awarded by the National Child Protection Training Center, not UIS.