FAQs for Departments and Faculty

I am interested in developing a new Capstone Certificate. What is the process?

Start by contacting Katy Duren in the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS). She can provide you with resources and templates to guide you through the process. Academic approval and oversight of all capstone certificates resides with the Graduate School and its Graduate Faculty Executive Committee. The process, guidelines, and standards for obtaining academic approval of a capstone certificate can be found here»

Within these guidelines, academic departments are responsible for determining the content, criteria for admission, the required number of credits, and all other academic issues related to the Capstone Certificate program.

Because Capstone programs are administered by DCS rather than the Graduate School, the Capstone programs have greater flexibility with admissions standards and processes, term deadlines, etc. Capstone students are University Special (non-degree) students therefore admission, enrollment, and other Dean’s office functions for capstone programs are administered by Adult Career & Special Student Services (ACSSS) within DCS. Academic departments are required to have a Capstone program administrator who will be the primary contact for ACSSS staff regarding the admission and enrollment process. Although the application is completed through the standard special student process, the decision to admit students to the Capstone Certificate program is made by the academic department which houses the Capstone Certificate. The academic department is responsible for collecting any materials from the student (beyond the special student application) which may be required to make their decision. Capstone students enroll at the same time as Graduate students.


What happens when a student has completed all of the requirements for a Capstone Certificate?

The department is responsible for monitoring the progress of the Capstone students. When a student has completed all of the requirements for the Capstone Certificate, the departmental program administrator must notify the Student Services area in the Registrar’s office so that the Registrar’s office can post the Capstone Certificate on the student’s transcript. If the department wishes to provide a physical certificate of completion for the student, they may do so.


Administrative Dean’s Office – Division of Continuing Studies
You can contact either Jane Schimmel or Katy Duren with any questions you might have:

Student Services and Admissions
Jane Schimmel
Student Service Coordinator  
Division of Continuing Studies
21 N. Park Street, Room 7101
Phone: (608) 262-2862
Fax: (608) 265-2901

Program Planning, Budget, and Policy
Katy Duren
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Division of Continuing Studies
21 N. Park Street, Room 7254
Phone: (608) 263-5114
Fax: (608) 265-2901

Academic Approval
Questions about academic approval process or policies can be directed to:

Graduate School
Kelly Haslam
Assistant Dean  
Graduate School
225 Bascom Hall
Phone: (608) 262-4959

Academic Planning
Jocelyn Milner
Dir. of Academic Planning & Analysis
Office of the Provost
169 Bascom Hall
Phone: (608) 263-5658

Student Billing
Craig Stevens
Enrollment Management
Office of the Registrar
Room 11201, 333 East Campus Mall
Phone: (608) 262-4031

Posting Capstone Certificates to Student Transcript
Student Services
Office of the Registrar
Enrollment Management
Room 10101, 333 E Campus Mall
Phone: (608) 262-3811


View all capstone certificates at advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu/capstone-certificates/