Frequently Asked Questions

+Do I need to do a certificate to graduate?
No. They are not required for graduation.
+Does my certificate provide actual certification?
No. Some provide progress toward certification. Speak with the certificate coordinator for more information.
+Can these certificate programs be taken after graduation?
No, you must be a current MSU MSW student to participate in one of the certificate programs.
+Can I do more than 1 certificate program?
Yes. Speak with the certificate coordinators to discuss the possibility for each certificate.
+What is the difference between a certificate and a specialization?
Certificates are internal to the School of Social Work. Specializations are interdisciplinary and require coordination with a different School.
+What is the purpose of a certificate?
The certificates can provide a focus for elective credits allowing for deeper study and focus. It can also start toward certification in a particular field.
+Will the certificate show up on transcripts/diplomas?
No. The certificate is internal only and does not show up on transcripts or diplomas.