The areas of study for the graduate certificates are created within the mission of graduate education. Students will be awarded certificates upon completion of specific coursework. The graduate certificate is not defined as a degree; rather, it is a focused collection of courses that, when completed, affords the student some record of distinct academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of related disciplines. Moreover, the graduate certificate is not viewed as a guaranteed means of entry into a graduate degree program. While the courses comprising a graduate certificate may be used as evidence in support of a student’s application for admission to a degree program, the certificate itself is not considered a prerequisite.