A student who has not yet completed a bachelor's degree or a program that leads to a bachelor's degree. A graduate student has completed a bachelor's degree and is working toward a master's degree or doctorate.
A diploma is a 30-credit graduate program which has, as a prerequisite for admission, an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline, and for which faculty approval rests with the teaching faculty.
A Graduate Certificate is a program of fewer than 30 credits but no less than 15 credits, has an undergraduate degree as a prerequisite, and for which faculty approval rests with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
A Professional Development Certificate is a non-credit micro-program of no less than 12 Continuing Education Units (120 hours) of study with focus on acquisition of practical in-demand knowledge and skills.
The micro-programs are primarily targeted at professionals who already have some experience in a specific industry or professional field and wish to sharpen their professional skills and competencies, as well as validate them through academic recognition.