Graduate Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs - 2023-2024

Instructional Design and Technology (Brochure)

Educational Technology Specialist
Instructional Media Development
Online and Distance Learning Development
Technology Integration in Education
Workplace Learning and Performance

Museum Studies (Brochure)

Police Executive Administration (Brochure)

Supply Chain Management (Brochure)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Brochure)

Zoo and Aquarium Studies (Brochure)
(currently not accepting new enrollments)


Western Illinois University offers post-baccalaureate certificates in several disciplines. The certificate programs are administered by the various academic departments as indicated. 

Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Applicants for admission to post-baccalaureate certificate programs must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency with an overall GPA of 2.75 or last two years’ GPA of 3.0. Some certificate programs have additional admission requirements or prerequisites and may require a higher admission GPA. Students may be considered for probationary admission, at the discretion of the academic department, if they do not meet the minimum GPA requirements. Probationary standing will be removed once grades of “B” or better are earned in 3 s.h. of graduate coursework. Application for admission must be made online ( for first time applicants or through the appropriate admission form ( for current graduate students. Additionally, students must submit an application for completion ( once the coursework has been completed.

Applicants must request the Registrar of each college or university previously attended to send an official transcript to the School of Graduate Studies. Transcripts on file in the Office of the Registrar at WIU will be obtained by Graduate School personnel. Admission materials will be transmitted to the academic department for consideration.

Academic Requirements

Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all course work required for completion of the certificate. A post-baccalaureate certificate will not be awarded to a student who earns more than three semester hours of C, D, F, FN, FW, or U grades in the graduate level courses required for the completion of the certificate. No course for which a student has received a grade of D or less may be used to satisfy certificate requirements. Transfer work or course substitutions are not allowed in certificate programs.

The work required for the certificate must be completed within three calendar years. Students may petition the Graduate Council for an extension of time for outdated courses. Evidence must show that such courses have been revalidated by examination or some other means as determined by the department.

If approved by the specific academic department, courses taken to satisfy certificate requirements may be used to satisfy post-baccalaureate degree requirements at the University.

All students must file a formal application for post-baccalaureate certificate completion. Deadlines for submitting the application for completion are as follows: spring semester, March 10; summer session, June 10; and fall semester, October 10. Applications received after these dates will be automatically moved to the next semester. Application forms can be found at