Capstone Certificate Programs (post-baccalaureate)

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 services 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. Complete the online University Special student application. (We recommend using Firefox web browser when applying). This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific Capstone Certificate coordinator.
  2. Complete all application materials required by your specific Capstone Certificate program. For more information about individual Capstone Certificates, visit

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.