Certificate Programs: FAQs
- How do I withdraw from a class and what are the financial implications?
The Bursar's Office provides a schedule of tuition refunds for withdrawal from courses. If you are unable to drop a course using LOCUS, please contact Office of Academic Advising and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-508-7714. Tuition charges are based on the in-person withdrawal date or the sent date of an e-mail message. Notices of withdrawal should be dated and should include name, Social Security Number or Loyola ID number (found on your ID card), department name, course and section number (e.g. PSYC 101-001) and your signature.
- Can I see a list of current or past course offerings for the certificate?
You can sign on as a guest to LOCUS, Loyola's online registration system, to view course offerings by department for current or past semesters. Click on "Sign in as a Guest" and use the "Perform Class Search" function to choose the semester in which you are interested.
- What are the tuition and fees for certificate programs?
Tuition and fees are based on the total number of credit hours per semester. Because of the course scheduling of the certificate programs, you will generally take fewer than 12 hours per semester. Therefore, tuition will be calculated on a per-credit-hour basis. The Bursar's Office provides a listing of tuition and fees. Please note that with the exception of the two certificate programs below*, these certificate programs follow the undergraduate tuition schedule for the College of Arts and Sciences.
*The tuition for the certificates offered jointly by the Department of Biology and the Chicago Botanic Garden is structured differently from the other CAS certificates. Students in these certificate programs pay $125.00 per course to Loyola University Chicago and the remaining instructional costs directly to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Please see the The Plant Conservation Biology and Ornamental Plant Materials Certificate Programs page for more information.
- How do I apply to a certificate program?
Please apply to the Undergraduate Admission Office as a non-degree student and indicate on the application to which certificate program you are applying. The non-degree application is available online. Once you are admitted to Loyola, please contact the Office of Academic Advising and Services at email@example.com or 773-508-7714 to enroll in the certificate program you have chosen.
- Is advising available?
Academic advisors in the Office of Academic Advising and Services are available to meet if you have any academic advising needs. They can review with you the required courses for each certificate, answer any questions you have regarding registration using LOCUS, and assist you with the admission process. Please call 773-508-7714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
For additional advising you may contact the department that houses the certificate in which you are interested. The departmental advisor will be able to give career and graduate school information, provide guidance for possible course offerings in future semesters and answer specific course-related questions.
- How do I get my actual certificate after I complete the classes?
Your certificate will be mailed to you. However, you must complete a certificate completion application to begin the completion process. Ask your academic advisor for a copy of this application.
Certificates are conferred three times a year in conjunction with degree conferrals (at the end of Fall, Spring and Summer terms).
- Can I complete a certificate program by taking courses in the evening or at the Water Tower campus?
The Computer Science certificates are offered at the Water Tower campus and it is likely (although not guaranteed) that you could complete the certificate by taking only evening courses.
For the Graphic Design certificate, the majority of courses are available in the evening, but one or more courses may have to be taken at the Lake Shore campus during the day to complete the certificate in a timely fashion.
Although some courses for the certificates housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may be offered at the Water Tower campus or in the evenings, you will need to take at least some courses at the Lake Shore campus during the day in order to complete these certificates in a timely fashion.
Please note that all courses for the Certificates in Ornamental Plant Materials and Plant Conversation Biology are held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL.