Certificate Programs

A certificate is an approved academic award given in conjunction with the satisfactory completion of a program of instruction, signifying a standard of knowledge in a specific subject. Certificates are posted to the official transcript and documented on a separate diploma.

Undergraduate Certificates are available as three types, each differing in terms of the minimum required admission status and in the timing of when the certificate is awarded, as described below. Individual certificates may have unique pre-requisites or program admission requirements defined by the academic departments.

In addition to meeting the specific course requirements of the undergraduate certificate, students must meet the Residency Requirement: a minimum of 16 credits or 3/4 of the credits required for the certificate, whichever is higher, must be earned at Portland State University.

Postbaccalaureate Certificates are approved academic awards given in conjunction with the satisfactory completion of a program of instruction, signifying a standard of knowledge in a specific subject. The curriculum is designed for students to complete after they have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Graduate Certificates are a linked series of approved graduate-level courses which constitute a coherent body of study with a specific defined focus within a discipline. It is designed for a postbaccalaureate participant and reflects the educational mission of the University.

Certificate - Admission not Required
Undergraduate Certificate at Completion
Undergraduate Certificate with Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Graduate Certificate


Certificate - Admission not Required

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? No
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Non-Degree, Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? No (Aid may be eligible while admitted into an Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, or Graduate admit status with a declared degree/major).
Which certificates are available at this level? Campaigning to Win a US Political Campaign Certificate
Consumer Retail Certificate
Human Lactation Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate in Institutional Economics

Undergraduate Certificate at Completion

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, undergraduate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes (student must have a declared primary major, including UNDC - Undeclared/Exploratory).
Which certificates are available at this level? Art History Certificate
Climate Adaptation and Management Certificate
Intercultural Competence for the Workplace Certificate
Lake and Reservoir Management Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate in World Language Pedagogy

Undergraduate Certificate with Baccalaureate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained only at time the of granting baccalaureate degree.
Is admission required? Yes, undergraduate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes
Which certificates are available at this level? Advanced Proficiency in Russian Certificate
African Studies Certificate
Asian Studies Certificate
Athletic and Outdoor Industry Certificate
Business Blockchain Certificate
Chicano/Latino Studies Certificate
Comics Studies Certificate
Communication Sciences and Disorders Certificate
Contemporary Turkish Studies Certificate
Entrepreneurship Certificate
European Studies Certificate
Food, Beverage & Goods Leadership Certificate
Global Studies Certificate
International Business Studies Certificate
International Developments Studies Undergraduate Certificate
International Studies: Canadian Certificate
International Studies: Latin American Studies Certificate
International Studies: Middle Eastern Studies Certificate
Real Estate Property Management Certificate
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate
Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Certificate
Transformative Messaging Certificate
Women's Leadership Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, Postbaccalaureate admission and matriculation is required.
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Non-Degree, Undergraduate, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes
Which certificates are available at this level? Black Studies Certificate
Criminology and Criminal Justice Certificate
Criminology and Criminal Justice Certificate - Online
Postbaccalaureate Accounting Certificate
Women's Studies Certificate

Graduate Certificate

How is the certification noted on the transcript? Degree: Certificate
Major: <<subject>>
When is the certification awarded? Certification is attained upon completion of certificate requirements.
Is admission required? Yes, Graduate admission and matriculation is required
Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs? Graduate
Is this program eligible for Financial Aid? Yes 
Which certificates are available at this level? Analog and Microwave Circuit Design
Applied Conflict Resolution
Applied Social Demography
Applied Statistics
Business Blockchain Certificate
Business Intelligence and Analytics
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Collaborative Governance
Communication Systems
Computational Intelligence
Computer Architecture and Design
Computer Modeling and Simulation
Cybersecurity
Conflict Resolution
Design Automation
Digital Design
Digital Signal Processing
Earth and Space Science for K-12 Educators
Econometrics and Data Analysis
Emergency Management and Community Resilience
Energy Policy and Management
Engineering Geology
Environmental Geology
Environmental and Resource Economics Certificate
Food Marketing and Logistics
Gender, Race, and Nations
Geographic Information Systems
Gerontology
Global Supply Chain Management
Holocaust and Genocide/Atrocity Prevention
Human Resource Analytics
Hydro-Geology
Hydrology
Image Processing
Infant/Toddler Mental Health Grad Certificate
Integrated Circuit Testing, Verification, and Validation
Lasers and Optoelectronics
Mathematics for Middle School Teachers
Music Performance
New Product Development Mgmt
Nonprofit and Public Management Certificate
Orientation and Mobility for Children, Youth and Adults
Project Management Certificate
Public Interest Design
Real Estate Development
Real Estate Investment and Finance
Semiconductor Materials & Manufacturing 
Service Learning and Community Based Learning
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Software Engineering
Strategic Management of Technology
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Sustainability Graduate Certificate
Sustainable Food Systems
Systems Engineering Fundamentals
Teaching Adult Learners 
Technological Entrepreneurship
Technology Management
Training and Development
Transportation
Urban Design