A student must have received a graduate degree or be accepted to a graduate program at UHV in order to be eligible to enroll in graduate-level courses.
Certificates are non-degree-seeking programs. A student who is pursuing a certificate and wishes to switch to seeking a degree must reapply to the university as a degree-seeking student. A student who is admitted as a degree-seeking student and completes all of the requirements for a certificate will not be awarded a certificate, because certificates are strictly for non-degree-seeking students.
Students who complete a certificate may subsequently apply for a degree program in the same discipline, and all credits may be transferred and applied to the degree in accordance with normal policies and practices related to transfer credit. However, there are limits on how many credits a student may transfer into a program. At the master’s level, 50% of the required credits for the program must be earned while a degree-seeking student at UHV.