Certificates

Certificates

Loyola offers for-credit certificates, certificates of completion (for credit), and not-for-credit certificates. For-credit certificates may be completed without enrollment in an existing degree program. Certificates of completion are only available to student enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Not-for-credit certificates do not award academic credit hours and may offer  Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For more information, see Credentials Definitions & Policies in the University Bulletin Academic Regulation.

Stand-Alone For-Credit Certificates

Certificates of Completion

Non-Credit Certificates

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For-Credit Certificates

For-credit certificates' requirements, not listed elsewhere in the University Bulletin, are outlined below. Please see the navigation links above to find the requirements for other certificates.

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Certificates of Completion (For-Credit)

Certificate of completion requirements, not listed elsewhere in the University Bulletin, are outlined below. Please see the navigation links above to find the requirements for other certificates.

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Undergraduate

Certificate in Editing and Publishing

The Certificate in Editing and Publishing is a 15 credit hours undergraduate certificate offered by the Center for Editing and Publishing. The certificate was created to help students understand the practical details of the editing and publishing industries, from literary and academic publishing to trade, crossover, and professional media entities. Certificate holders typically go on to internships and professions with a range of websites, magazines, media platforms, trade publishers, and academic presses. The certificate also establishes a solid foundation for graduate studies in editing and publishing.

 Any undergraduate major at Loyola can earn this certificate, which consists of hands-on courses offered in the English department (involving the New Orleans Review and other active publishing ventures), as well as internships with campus as well as community publishing endeavors. Certificate Requirements are outlined below.

  • Complete the following courses for 15 credit hours:
    • Three courses (9 crs) from:
      • ENGL A208 Writing from Sources
      • ENGL A306 Professional Writing
      • ENGL A388 How Language Works
      • ENGL A405 Editing and Publishing
      • ENGL A406 Internship: Publishing/Editing
      • ENGL A408 Writing: Technique/Technology
      • ENGL A415 Creative Writing Workshop (rotating topics; in Editing and Publishing)
      • ENGL A492 Thesis (in Editing and Publishing)
      • ENGL A495 Special Project (in Editing and Publishing)
      • ENGL A497 Writing Internship (in Editing and Publishing)
      • ENGL A498 Research Project (in Editing and Publishing)
      • ENGL A499 Independent Study (in Editing and Publishing)
    • Two creative writing courses (6 crs) from:
      • ENGL A211 Intro to Creative Writing
      • ENGL A311 Writing Fiction
      • ENGL A312 Writing Poetry
      • ENGL A404 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
      • ENGL A411 Fiction Workshop
      • ENGL A412 Poetry Workshop

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Tutoring Certificate

Loyola's tutoring certificate offers students interested in teaching and learning a chance to earn credentials as a tutor. The requirements include a one-credit course that will teach students current pedagogical strategies to help others learn one-on-one and in small groups. Students will build knowledge and skills around tutoring methods, tutoring theory, and interpersonal communication. In addition, students will put their knowledge and skills to work in conducting mock tutoring sessions, and soon after, tutoring in the Office of Writing and Learning Services (OWLS).

Certificate requirements include the following:

  • Complete one of the following with a minimum grade of B or higher:
    • SPST A400 Practicum in Peer Tutoring (1 cr)
    • SPST A480 Practicum in Teaching Writing (1 cr)
  • Complete one mock tutoring session with a peer critique
  • Attend four or more additional tutoring training sessions outside of the practicum course. This includes training sessions from OWLS, OAE, and Career Services.
    • Possible topics include tutoring for test preparation, professionalism in the workplace, working with non-traditional/adult student populations, inclusivity and diversity in tutoring, tutoring ESL students, formatting papers, and helping students with stress reduction/test anxiety
  • Complete six session observations and two debriefs
  • Complete 35 tutoring sessions
  • Write a short paper on tutoring philosophy based on researched scholarly articles, tutoring best practices, personal experiences, and session observations
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Meet with their supervisor twice over the course of the certification process to discuss progress and receive constructive feedback

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Post-Baccalaureate

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate (PB-Health) is aimed at supporting recent graduates and career changers with a bachelor’s degree who have a drive and passion for a health-science career, but lack the courses required for entry into their program of choice. The certificate prepares students for study in medical school, dental school, veterinary school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy programs, and more.

Certificate requirements will vary depending on each participant’s previous undergraduate credit relative to the credit hour requirements of the health field they would like to pursue. Students who complete at least 32 credit hours of courses they need for their program of interest and maintain a 3.3 GPA will be eligible to receive the certificate of completion. A maximum of 16 transfer credits will be accepted toward the certificate. Not all students that enroll in the program will pursue the certificate option. Students will be able to take the courses they need to pursue their health-related career goals.

Applicants should consult with a program advisor for detailed recommendations & certificate planning. 

The following courses can be taken as part of the certificate for 32 credit hours:

  • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity
  • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab
  • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms
  • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab
  • BIOL A300 Microbiology
  • BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL A303 Comparative Anatomy-Vertebrate
  • BIOL A304 Comparative Anatomy-Vertebrate Lab
  • BIOL A305 Histology
  • BIOL A306 Histology Lab
  • BIOL A308 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL A309 Developmental Biology Lab
  • BIOL A314 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL A315 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BIOL A316 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL A317 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • BIOL A326 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL A327 Molecular Genetics Lab
  • BIOL A328 Genetics
  • BIOL A360 Cell Biology
  • BIOL A361 Cell Biology Lab
  • BIOL A363 Virology
  • BIOL A365 Immunology
  • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM A375 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM A401 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM A402 Biochemistry Lab
  • MATH A118 Pre-Calculus
  • MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences
  • MATH A257 Calculus I
  • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
  • PHYS A101 Intro to Mechanics
  • PHYS A102 Intro to Electromagnetism & Relativity
  • PHYS A104 Electricity & Magnetism Lab
  • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab
  • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab
  • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
  • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
  • PHYS A436 Cellular Biophysics
  • PSYC A100 Intro to Psychology
  • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC A240 Social Psychology
  • 12 credits of identified elective credits from other course offerings that may be required by a health graduate program.

Students select courses as per the needed prerequisites in the health profession graduate program of their choice.

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Pre-CPA Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Pre-CPA Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is designed to allow any student with a bachelor’s degree to satisfy the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the State of Louisiana. Bachelor's degrees can be in any field and from any accredited higher education institution.

To be licensed as a CPA in Louisiana, you must have successfully completed a total of 150 credit hours of coursework in a higher education institution recognized by the State Board of Accountancy and have earned a bachelor's degree. Once you have taken coursework at a four-year degree-granting institution, the State Board will not accept any further credits earned from a two-year degree-granting institution.

Depending on your previous coursework you may need to earn up to 48 credit hours beyond your bachelor's degree in general business and specific accounting coursework, as outlined below. Students may transfer into the certificate program up to 24 credit hours of previously completed business or accounting coursework, and will typically complete 24-30 credit hours at Loyola to meet the credit hour and educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination.

The typical bachelor's degree consists of 120 credit hours. Therefore, a student pursuing the certificate will usually complete at least 30 credit hours at Loyola. A student entering the program with more than 120 credit hours must meet a residency requirement of at least 24 credit hours of Loyola coursework from the courses listed below:

  • Accounting (Up to 24 credit hours)*
    • ACCT B305 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACCT B306 Intermediate Accounting II
    • ACCT B300 Individual Income Taxes
    • ACCT B307 Government & Non-Profit Accounting
    • ACCT B310 Strategic Cost Management
    • ACCT B340 Accounting Analytics
    • ACCT B400 Advanced Accounting
    • ACCT B401 Business Taxation
    • ACCT B403 Auditing and Assurance Services
    • ACCT B493 Special Topics
  • Business (Up to 24 credit hours)
    • LGST B300 Business Law for Accounting**
    • Up to 21 additional credit hours, from courses offered in the College of Business, such as:
      • BUAN B305 Business Decision Modeling
      • ECON B100 Principles of Microeconomics
      • FIN B280 Financial Management
      • MGT B320 Production and Operations Management
      • Other Business electives

*ACCT B202 Financial Accounting is a pre-requisite for all other accounting coursework, but the State Board does not count the introductory accounting course as part of the 24 credit hours of general business coursework; however, the hours will count towards the 150 credit hours requirement.

**LGST B300 is the only general business course specifically required by the State Board. The course meets the State Board's content requirements without any pre-requisite.

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Graduate

Criminology and Justice Certificate

The graduate Criminology and Justice Certificate is a 12-credit hour for-credit certificate. The certificate will provide an opportunity for students to learn theories, methods, and statistical skills, as well as to build issue-based knowledge, about the U.S. criminal legal system and criminology and justice more widely. In addition to being a standalone certificate, the certificate will also allow students to continue in the full Master of Criminology and Justice program (30 credit hours) should they so choose. Certificate requirements are outlined below. 

  • Complete the following courses for 12 credit hours:
    • CRIM A700 Theories of Criminal Behavior
    • CRIM A710 Research and Statistics Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CRIM A712 Statistics in Criminal Justice
    • A CRIM elective at the 700 or 800 level.

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Social Media Certificate

The graduate Social Media Certificate is a 12 credit hours for-credit certificate. The certificate will provide students with an essential understanding of social media creation, implementation, and analysis at the master’s level. In addition to being a standalone certificate, the Social Media certificate will also allow students to continue in the full Master of Marketing and Communication 30 hour program, should they so choose. Certificate requirements are outlined below. 

Complete the following courses for 12 credit hours:

  • CMMN A782 Social Media
  • CMMN A820 Corporate & Social Responsibility 
  • MKT B700 Strategic Marketing
  • MKT B820 Digital Marketing & Analytics

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Strategic Communication Certificate

The graduate Strategic Communication Certificate is a 12 credit hours for-credit certificate. The Strat Comm certificate will provide an opportunity for students to learn theories and methods, as well as to build issue-based knowledge about strategic communication more widely. In addition to being a standalone certificate, the Strat Comm certificate will also allow students to continue in the full Master of Marketing and Communication 30 hour program, should they so choose. Certificate requirements are outlined below. 

Complete the following courses for 12 credit hours:

  • CMMN A735 Ethics & Diversity
  • CMMN A810 Crisis Communication
  • CMMN A820 Corporate & Social Responsibility 
  • MKT B700 Strategic Marketing

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Non-Credit Certificates

Currently, all non-credit certificate requirements are listed elsewhere. Please see the navigation links above to find the requirements for other certificates.

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