Certificate in Ergonomics

Admission to this program is temporarily suspended while the certificate is being revised.


The Certificate in Ergonomics is being revised; admission to the program is temporarily suspended.

The Certificate in Ergonomics program is designed to provide a formal program of study for students who wish to pursue careers in ergonomics in industry, government, or academia.

Eligibility and Admission

Students wishing to earn the certificate must be enrolled in a UWM master’s or doctoral degree program in any department or be admitted as UWM non-degree graduate students (see below).

Graduate non-degree applicants can be admitted to CEAS provided they meet one of the following requirements:
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better in engineering, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, educational psychology, human kinetics.
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better with evidence of at least one year of experience in ergonomics and/or occupational health and safety related area.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
Students must complete the required 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better from the following group of courses:

I&ME 580 Ergonomics of Workplace, 3 cr.
I&ME 780 Advanced Ergonomics – Low Back Pain, 3 cr.
I&ME 783 Advanced Ergonomics – Upper Extremity, 3 cr.
I&ME 786 Issues In Ergonomics: Measurement and Statistics, 1 cr.
I&ME 787 Issues In Ergonomics: Epidemiology, 1 cr.
I&ME 788 Issues In Ergonomics: Legal/Regulatory, 1 cr.
I&ME 790 Design Project, 3 cr.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.