Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. I took one of the elective courses as an undergraduate student. Can that course count for the certificate?
  2. I heard some courses can be taken towards both the certificate and a graduate degree. How does that work?
  3. I will be finished with my degree at the end of the semester, but I won’t be finished with the certificate requirements. Can I come back at a later date to finish the certificate requirements?
  4. I don’t see the certificate on my student record in PAWS or on my unofficial transcript. Why?
  5. I’ve decided I no longer want to pursue the certificate. What do I need to do?
  6. I took a course that included a lot of content related to the aging population. I would like to use it as an elective for the certificate. How can I get approval for a substitution?

 

I took one of the elective courses as an undergraduate student. Can that course count for the certificate?

Only graduate-level courses count towards a graduate degree. If you took the course as an undergraduate student, it is not considered graduate-level coursework. However, you would not have to take the course again as a graduate student; you can substitute a different course to count for the one you took as an undergraduate student so the credit-count is correct for the certificate. You should meet with Rachelle Alioto at (414) 229-7613 or ralioto@uwm.edu to choose an appropriate substitute.

I heard some courses can be taken towards both the certificate and a graduate degree. How does that work?

Up to 50% of credits taken for the certificate can be counted towards a degree if the degree program approves them and if you finish the certificate at the same time or later. The certificate program requires 18 credits; nine can count for both your graduate degree and the certificate program. This means that you will need to take at least nine more credits than what is required for your graduate degree.

Here’s an example: The Master of Social Work program requires 34 credits to acquire the degree. We can count nine of the 18 credits required for the certificate towards the degree, which means an additional nine credits are needed beyond that (34 + 9 = 43 credits minimum). The degree program always has the final say on double counted courses.

I will be finished with my degree at the end of the semester, but I won’t be finished with the certificate requirements. Can I come back at a later date to finish the certificate requirements?

Yes. However, the University requires you to finish the certificate within three years of admission to the certificate program. If you return more than three years after you entered the certificate program, you will have to request a time limit extension on a Request for Exception form:

http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/forms-and-downloads/students/exception-request.pdf

I don’t see the certificate on my student record in PAWS or on my unofficial transcript. Why?

Everyone who has completed a Declaration Notice should have the certificate listed in both PAWS and on the unofficial transcript. If you do not see it there, you should contact Rachelle Alioto at (414) 229-7613 or ralioto@uwm.edu to ensure all paperwork has been processed correctly.

I’ve decided I no longer want to pursue the certificate. What do I need to do?

You should contact Rachelle Alioto at (414) 229-7613 or ralioto@uwm.edu. She can officially withdraw you from the program or problem solve with you so you can successfully complete the program.

I took a course that included a lot of content related to the aging population. I would like to use it as an elective for the certificate. How can I get approval for a substitution?

You should obtain a copy of the syllabus and forward it to Rachelle Alioto. The program requires that at least a third of the content be applicable to older adults. Rachelle will make a decision about whether the course can be substituted. You can contact Rachelle at (414) 229-7613 or at ralioto@uwm.edu.