General Regulations and Requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) provides specialized study above the master’s degree. It is a course of study that falls between the master’s and doctoral degree and culminates in a graduate certificate.


An applicant for the CAGS must hold a master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution and must complete the admission procedure described in the material of the graduate school. All students admitted to a CAGS program must satisfy the general requirements for admission as a graduate student and the requirements for the specific CAGS program.

Academic Classifications and Degree Candidacy

Students admitted to a CAGS program will be designated as candidates for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.

Course Requirements

A candidate for the CAGS must satisfactorily complete an approved program conforming to the requirements of the graduate school and department or program in which the candidate is registered. The candidate must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours or, in the case of the College of Professional Studies, 32 quarter hours of credit beyond the master’s degree.

Time Limitation

Course credits earned in the program of graduate study, or accepted by transfer, are valid for a maximum of seven years unless the relevant graduate office grants an extension.