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Undergraduate Certificate Program Requirements
Students enrolled in UMass Lowell certificate programs must complete all courses, generally consisting
of both required courses and electives. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace,
enrolling in one or two courses each semester. Courses on-campus typically meet one night
per week, three hours each night, during the Fall and Spring semesters. Online students generally log on to their course
site one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat
session. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page.
In addition to the Fall and Spring semesters, students may also have the opportunity to accelerate their
programs of study during two concentrated six-week Summer sessions. Online courses are
also offered during the Summer semester, but typically run from May through August unless otherwise noted. All students should anticipate at least two hours of preparation for every
hour of classroom instruction. Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or
better to receive the certificate.
Application into the Program
Those who wish to enroll in the certificate program should submit a completed application form
and arrange to have their official high school transcript or GED sent to Online & Continuing Education. Applications,
transcripts, and other correspondence should be sent to:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
One University Avenue
Southwick Hall 203
Lowell, MA 01854
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no fee to apply. Upon acceptance, notification
will be sent to students.
Registering for Courses
Continuing Studies offers courses during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Information about
current course offerings, schedules, and registration procedures is published regularly on
our website. If you would like to receive a printed Course Bulletin, please
contact our Faculty and Student Support Center at (978) 934-2474.
You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the
particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in
With the program coordinator's
approval, one course may be transferred from another accredited institution to satisfy
undergraduate certificate program requirements. The course should be equivalent to UMass Lowell
instruction, applicable to the intended program, and the student must have received a
grade equivalent to a C- (1.70 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Program Coordinators and Faculty and Student Support Specialists are available by appointment to help
students determine appropriate course loads, discuss admission requirements, and review the transferability
of courses. For online advising, email us at Continuing_Education@uml.edu.
To schedule an appointment with a Program Coordinator or Faculty and Student Support Specialist, please
call Online and Continuing Education at (978) 934-2474. General academic advising is also available at the Faculty and Student
Support Center on a drop-in basis, located in Southwick Hall, Room 202 on UMass Lowell North. Call (978) 934-2474
or stop by the office Monday through Thursday between 8:30am-8:00pm and on Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm.
Awarding of Certificates
Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students must submit a completed
Certificate Petition Form to Online and Continuing Education.
Upon verification, students will be mailed their certificates. Receipt of the certificate
will be noted formally on the student's transcript with an award date of October, February, or June.
Please refer to our current course listings published
online each semester for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online and Continuing Education
Course Bulletin each semester.
For More Information
For additional information on any
of our programs, call Online and Continuing Education at (978) 934-2474 or
For information on Financial Aid, call the Financial Aid Office at (978) 934-4220.
Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
Completion rates, median loan debts and program costs are outlined for
each certificate program.
Undergraduate Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure Information