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UTSA adds seven grad certificate programs

By Marianne McBride Lewis
Director of Public Affairs

For those contemplating graduate school but not sure about the financial and time commitment required for a traditional 36-hour master's degree, UTSA will offer seven new graduate certificate programs this fall. The programs are for graduate students who want to pursue a stand-alone, concentrated, 12-15 hour curriculum aimed at mastering a discipline.

"Graduate certificate programs are a great way for busy working professionals to get their feet wet and try out graduate school," said Lisa Palacios , director of recruitment and retention. "Most of the classes are held on evenings and weekends, and these programs are designed to provide graduate-level education within a shorter period of time."

As UTSA matures into a premier public research university, recruiters see graduate students requesting more fields of concentrated study to earn graduate certificates in many disciplines. In response to the requests, graduate certificate programs will be added this fall in urban and regional planning, historic preservation, keyboard pedagogy, keyboard performance, higher education administration, security studies and Spanish translation studies. They will be offered along with the two existing programs -- graduate certification in creative writing and the certificate of professional development in geographic information science.

To pursue a graduate certificate, all students must be accepted into the UTSA Graduate School. Courses taken for the graduate certificate can be applied toward a master's degree.

For Fall 2008, the application deadline was extended to Aug. 15 for admission into the graduate certificate program in higher education administration. The application deadline is Nov. 1 for Spring 2009 admission.

For more information, visit UTSA Graduate School or call (210) 458-4330.

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