Certificate, Residency and Badge Programs

Programs are available at the undergraduate, graduate and residency levels. Each program consists of a group of related courses that addresses a special topic. Completion of these courses indicates achievement in a specialized area. Programs vary in terms of length, and some courses in the program may have prerequisites. While these programs do not end with an academic degree, many of the courses are found within degree programs. Programs are reviewed by the faculty on a three-year rotation. Many of these programs exist for limited time periods depending on their demand. Programs are further described in the various departmental sections and in the list below.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 for all courses comprising the certificate program, and no grade below C, is required to earn a certificate. Interested students should consult the catalog and the certificate coordinator for detailed information on requirements and guidelines. 

Certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV (federal financial aid) funding unless the certificate is a requirement of the degree program. The exceptions are approved programs of at least one academic year in duration that lead to a certificate and prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Approved programs will be designated with disclosure information on the program web page in the applicable academic college.

Additional information is available at http://wichita.edu/certificates.

Undergraduate Certificates Offered

Institute for Interdisciplinary Creativity:

  • Leadership

W. Frank Barton School of Business:

  • Business Analytics

College of Engineering:

  • Sustainable Materials and Design

College of Fine Arts:

  • Directing
  • Stage Management

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

  • Asian Studies
  • Community Psychology
  • Film Studies
  • Global Competency
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Human Factors Psychology
  • Medieval & Renaissance Studies
  • Social Work and Addiction
  • Social Work and Child Welfare
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Strategic Communication
  • Tilford Diversity Studies

Graduate Certificates Offered

W. Frank Barton School of Business:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Enterprise Systems & Supply Chain Management

College of Education:

  • Building-Level Leadership/Principal
  • Child/Play Therapy
  • Educational Technology
  • Engineering Education
  • Functional Aging
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary STEM Education
  • Literacy
  • Superintendency/District Leadership

College of Engineering:

  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Engineering Education
  • Enterprise Systems & Supply Chain Management
  • Foundations of Six Sigma and Quality Improvement
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Lean Systems
  • System Engineering and Management

College of Health Professions:

  • Health Administration
  • Public Health

College of Fine Arts:

  • Professional Studies in Music Performance

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

  • City and County Management
  • Economic Development
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Finance

Postgraduate Residency Program

College of Health Professions:

  • Advanced Education General Dentistry

Badge Program


Wichita State University’s badge program is designed with the working professional in mind so coursework is developed around professional development content and structured in smaller units. In most cases, information is organized into 0.5 credit hour classes (one 0.5 credit hour class equates to one badge) which also makes the workload manageable for someone who works a full-time job. While some badges may be offered in a classroom setting, many are also offered online. Enrollment in badge courses is restricted to nondegree seeking students. In some cases, badges may be applied towards requirements for a degree should the student enter a WSU degree program.

Badges are credit courses that comply with the definition and assignment of credit hour policy and appear on a transcript indicating that academic work has been successfully completed. Students receive a grade of either Bg (badge earned) or NBg (no badge earned) when the class ends.

Important note for graduate students: Depending on a graduate program’s structure, it is possible that graduate badge credit may not be used in the future for a degree or certificate program. If a badge student later applies for and is admitted to a degree seeking program that does allow badge coursework, all graduate rules with respect to coursework will apply to the badges (e.g. time limits; nonletter graded coursework limits).

For more information visit the Office for Workforce, Professional & Community Education website (http://wichita.edu/WPCE) and click on the Badge Program link.