Capstone Certificate Programs (post-baccalaureate)

Application process

Capstone Certificate students fall under the campus category of University Special students as these students are not in degree status.  Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting and academic dean's office for all University Special students.  The academic dean is responsible for issues related to student enrollment and the student's official record, including credit limits, eligibility to continue, disciplinary holds, and withdrawal approval.

The ACSSS dean and student service coordinator work closely with each department's Capstone Certificate coordinator at each step of the process: advising, admissions, enrollment eligibility, and program completion.  Eligibility rules for University Special students apply, including a minimum 2.0 GPA and good academic standing.  Each specific Capstone Certificate has additional criteria for program eligibility and progress.  Capstone Certificates typically follow rules of the Graduate School for tuition, credit limits, and grading (including no Pass/Fail option). 

Steps to apply:

  1. Consult with the coordinator of the Capstone Certificate of interest to you.
  2. Complete the online UW System application - follow the prompts for UW-Madison University Special students.  After selecting the classification Capstone Certificates (UNCS) applicants choose the appropriate Capstone Certificate program from a drop-down menu.  This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific Capstone Certificate coordinator.
  3. Complete all application materials required by your specific Capstone Certificate program.

Once admitted, candidates will receive a formal letter of admission to UW-Madison from Adult Career and Special Student Services along with enrollment instructions and information about tuition and deadlines.  The Capstone Certificate coordinator will send specific information pertaining to enrollment in and completion of the Capstone program.  

Due to current state regulations, at this time we are not able to accept applications to UW-Madison for online courses or programs from students living in or planning to live in the following states while enrolled: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky.