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Eligibility and Cost


Admission to the certificate program requires proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree in any field of study. All applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Interested individuals should be prepared to submit a personal statement, a resume identifying educational preparation and work experiences, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Apply to the Program

Prepare the following:

  • Transcripts that match your education history. Must be a minimum 3.0 average
  • Personal statement that describes career goals, work experience and academic achievements. May also include what you hope to achieve by taking this program.
  • Resume/CV

Apply as a Non Degree Studies (NDS) Student

If you’re not ready to commit to the program, or wish to just take one or two of the courses offered by the RED Graduate Certificate program, you can apply as a non-degree student, or NDS.  To check for your eligibility and to learn more, please visit the University’s NDS application page here.


Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.

Unfortunately, financial aid is not available for certificate students. However, eligible individuals may use VA Education Benefits. Click here to learn more.

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Once you have all the requirements for application, Apply Here.

Notes about Admission and Application

Admission to the certificate program does not imply admission to the degree program. Students in the certificate program are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as an NDS student will go toward the student’s NC State University grade point average. This certificate program does not meet the requirements for a full degree but in some instances successfully completed courses in the certificate can be applied toward a degree.

Academic success might have a strong bearing on admission to a degree program BUT completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program which is done through a separate application process.

With proper notification, students are not required to be enrolled continuously. The certificate must be completed within four (4) calendar years from the date the student starts the first course. Awarding of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in all of the required courses. All grades earned in courses numbered 400 and above taken towards the certificate program are included in the GPA. The minimum grade received in any course can be no lower than a C-.