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LSU Continuing Education Certificate Programs
Credit Certificate Program

Louisiana State University’s Division of Continuing Education and Office of Independent and Distance Learning are pleased to provide undergraduate credit certificates in the following areas:

  • Liberal Studies: Well-rounded students are more productive in the workplace and in society. This curriculum focuses on providing students with selected courses that adhere to this philosophy. For students with little or no college experience, this program provides an excellent beginning. All courses in this curriculum should easily transfer to any accredited university.

  • Business Communication: Communication is a key to success in the business field. Whether you work or plan to work in management, marketing or customer service, you will need essential communication skills to ensure success. This carefully selected curriculum provides the student the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and practice to succeed in the business environment.

  • Human Services: For those working in government, medical, nonprofit and other related fields, a foundation in human services is essential. This curriculum emphasizes the basic skills needed for success in this arena. The program is for those currently employed in human services and for those who plan to enter the field.

Course Requirements: Each program consists of five courses totaling 15 semester credit hours. In each program there are four required courses and one elective course. Course substitutions are not allowed and students must have prerequisite credits, where applicable. Courses for each certificate are as follows:

Method of Study: These courses are taken through LSU Distance Learning.

Admission: Admission to each certificate program is through application and payment of a non-refundable $25.00 fee. While admission is not required prior to taking courses, students should apply no later than enrollment in a second course. Application may be done online.

Time Limitations: Candidates for these certificates must complete all requirements within a four-year period.

Transfer Credit: Students are allowed to transfer only one three-hour credit course from another accredited university. To be accepted, transfer course grades must be "C" or better. Credits from LSU Evening School or LSU Extension Credit Programs are not subject to the single course limitation. An official transcript should be sent with the request to transfer credit. All courses successfully completed through LSU Independent and Distance Learning will be accepted.

Certificate Completion: Certificates will be awarded to students who earn a “C” or better in each of the five courses. Upon completion of the final course in the certificate curriculum, candidates must contact LSU IDL to provide notice of completion. A $10 certificate fee is required at the time the certificate is awarded.

Program Contact/Additional Information:
Undergraduate Certificate Program
LSU Independent and Distance Learning
1225 Pleasant Hall, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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