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Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs


The School of Social Work participates in several interdisciplinary certificate programs. Students may meet some of the requirements for these certificates through their MSW program of study, but should plan one or more semesters of additional study beyond the MSW for their completion. Certificates are considered a supplement to the MSW program of study and do not take precedence in the curriculum planning process. The School of Social Work does not control the scheduling of non-social work certificate courses.


Disability Studies

The interdisciplinary Disability Studies Certificate provides undergraduate and graduate students with the most intensive and focused learning experience at the IHDD. It is designed to supplement degrees granted from academic departments across campus, including those in disability-related fields. For information about application and requirements for completion, see the Institute on Human Development and Disability.



The Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia offers a graduate program of study in gerontology, awarding students the Graduate Certificate of Gerontology. The program is interdisciplinary and contains sufficient flexibility to permit students to tailor the focus of the certificate work to their particular interests. The curriculum consists of 18 semester credit hours of graduate level courses. Twelve of these credits must be taken from four categories of: Biology/Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, and research or practicum. In addition, Seminar in Aging (GRNT 6000) is required for the certificate. An application and detailed booklet may be obtained from the Institute of Gerontology at (706) 542-3954 or, or from Dr. Anne Glass at in the College of Public Health at (706) 425-3222 or


Global Health

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health, offered by the Center for Global Health within the College of Public Health, is designed to equip graduate students with the basic skills necessary to function effectively in global health practice. Recognizing the critical role of multi-disciplinary education in global health, electives and internships will be expected by student involvement with various other colleges and schools of the University. For more information contact or visit: Graduate Educational Opportunities in Global Health.


Management of Nonprofit Organizations

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is for graduate students in majors other than the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations who complete four of the core courses in the nonprofit curriculum. This certificate program will help meet the need for understanding the nonprofit organizations that provide employment for many graduates. The program consists of a minimum of 4 courses of 3 semester hours each, drawn from the core courses of the Master's degree curriculum of the Institute. For more information, contact Kat Farlowe, assistant graduate coordinator,, or (706) 542-5461 or the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations.


Marriage and Family Therapy

The Pre-Professional Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide an interdisciplinary program for graduate students interested in the applied field of marriage and family therapy. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Georgia in the College of Education, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, or the School of Social Work are eligible to apply. Completion of the requirements for the certificate program provide a strong academic basis for preparing the student to undertake further supervised clinical training in marriage and family therapy and to integrate theory and practice from a family systems perspective. The certificate program is not intended to provide all the training necessary to function as an independent professional nor to meet all the requirements for (a) state licensure as a marriage and family therapist, or (b) clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The certificate program may meet the course requirements, but not the experience requirements, for MFT licensure in Georgia. MFT Pre-Professional Certificate courses are offered in several units of the University of Georgia, including the Department of Child and Family Development, the Department of Counseling and Human Development, and the School of Social Work. For more information, contact Michael Robinson, unit coordinator, School of Social Work.