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Graduate Certification Program: Work Performance Improvement

The graduate certificate program in Work Performance Improvement is designed to meet the needs of graduate students as well as training and development practitioners to have their educational preparation in the field of human performance improvement officially endorsed. There exists a body of course work in the master's in technology program that meets this need.

The certificate in Work Performance Improvement will demonstrate that recipients possess the knowledge and skills needed for performance consulting and training. It will also make them more marketable to potential future employers.


The admission requirement is the same as regular degree seeking graduate students. That is, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work is required.

Applying for Admission to the Certificate Program

If you are a new student pursuing only the certificate program, use the standard admission application for graduate study to apply for the certificate program. In the area of study, please indicate the name of the certificate for which you are applying. Then, contact the graduate coordinator to schedule an admission meeting.

If you have been already admitted to the Master of Science in Technology degree program, use a Change of Status Form to add the certificate program to your graduate studies. The form is available from The Graduate School, and should be forwarded to the The Graduate School.

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Graduation with the Certificate

During your last semester, you will follow the same graduation procedure as any other graduate degree. In other words, you need to apply for graduation at the beginning of each semester according to deadlines set by The Graduate School.

You also need to inform the graduate coordinator about your plan to graduate with the certificate. E-mail your final study plan to the graduate coordinator at the beginning of your graduating semester. A study plan lists all the courses to be applied to the certificate program, including department prefix, course number, title, semester, grade and instructor. Please indicate your E-Number and full name on your study plan.

If you graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree plus a certificate, you will need one graduation application for each program.


Required Core Courses (12 Semester hours)

TEC 5213 - Work Performance Technology

TEC 5293 - Strategic Employee Development

TEC 5103 - Science and Technology of Leadership

OPD 4845 - Improvement of Organizations

Electives (6 semester hours from the following list)

OPD 4820 - Change in Organizations

OPD 4860 - Facilitationg Learning and Project Groups

OPD 4870 - Coaching and Mentoring for Critical Thinking in the Workplace

OPD 4880 - Productive Work Teams

OPD 4825 - Ethical Decision Making

OPD 4815 - Conflict in Organizations


 Other special topics OPD4850/AET4970/TEC5970 courses as approved by the academic advisor.