Graduate Certificate in Individualized Studies

Customize your graduate education

The Graduate College’s individualized graduate certificate program provides you with a graduate-level option when your creative and professional needs cannot be met through any other existing graduate program. The individualized certificate is perfect for:

  • Acquiring focused skills
  • Launching a new career in an area unrelated to your undergraduate degree
  • Updating knowledge

The certificate program incorporates 12 hours of advanced course work in a particular subject area to provide you with advanced skills and continuing education credit. Your program of study is developed in consultation with the Individualized Graduate Committee.

Admission requirements

  1. The student must hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. The student must have a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work.
  3. Two letters of recommendation submitted to the MSIS Program Coordinator from individuals able to speak to the applicants academic and professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program;
  4. Statement of Interest in narrative form submitted to the MSIS Program Coordinator stating:
    1. why existing programs do not meet the desired academic focus.
    2. the intended "theme" for the courses to be included in the certificate.

Certificate requirements

  1. Once admitted, the student and Program Director will work together to generate a program of study before the student will be released to take courses.
  2. The student must complete 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a 3.00 GPA.
  3. All other University and Graduate College requirements must be met for completion of a certificate program.