This page is a resource for faculty members and academic administrators—if you're a student interested in enrolling in a certificate program, see Academic Programs-Certificates.

A certificate is an academic program (credit-bearing or non-credit) with a coherent body of knowledge and measurable learning outcomes. Programs not meeting this definition or otherwise inconsistent with the Framework should use a different terminology (e.g., specialization, concentration). 

Why offer a certificate? 

  • Recognitition of specialization within or concurrent with a degree program (transcript)
  • Life-long learning (professional/career development post-degree)
  • Recruitment and potental laddering (certificate-diploma-degree)

Developing, Modifying or Suspending/Terminating a Certificate?
If you're developing a new certificiate, or modifying or terminating an existing certificate, consult the Dalhousie University Certificates Framework [PDF] (revisions approved by Senate February 25, 2019).  The framework defines the characteristics of undergraduate and graduate certificates at Dalhousie, and lays out the required proposal and approval processes. 

Forms (for questions or to submit, see contacts on the right)

For Proposing, Modifying or Terminating an Undergraduate Certificate [Word] 

For Proposing, Modifying or Terminating a Graduate Certificate [Word]