System Science Graduate Certificates
The Systems Science program offers graduate certificates in two specialty areas: Computational Intelligence and Computer Modeling & Simulation. Students should apply to the Graduate Certificate Program before they finish all of the coursework for the graduate certificate, because they must be currently enrolled in order to validate their admission to the graduate certificate programs, and they must be currently enrolled in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. All courses applied to the Graduate Certificate must be no more than 7 years old at the time of the awarding of the Graduate Certificate. Students should notify the Systems Science office when they are finishing their last course for the Graduate Certificate and run a DARS audit to ensure all requirements have been met.
In order to earn a graduate certificate, a student must:
· complete 15 credit hours of courses in the specialty area,
· earn a GPA of 3.25 for these courses, and
· complete the online Application for Graduation.
Students admitted to the master’s or doctoral program need not apply separately for admission to a graduate certificate. But to add the certificate to their master’s or doctoral program they must submit the GO-19M or GO-19D form (see http://www.pdx.edu/ogs/forms to The Graduate School at least one term before they apply for completion of the certificate.
Students not admitted to the doctoral or master’s program must submit to Systems Science: (1) a completed Application to Graduate Program form, and (2) official or unofficial copies of academic transcripts from an institution. The admissions committee will recommend the student’s admission if his or her academic transcript shows a completed undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Graduate certificate students must earn at least a B in all courses and their cumulative GPA must be at least 3.25. More detailed information is available in the Systems Science Graduate Student Handbook at http://www.pdx.edu/sysc.