WKU Online Undergraduate Certificates
The Undergraduate Certificate Programs at Western Kentucky University provide students with the practical knowledge and skills necessary for success in a variety of careers. WKU currently offers eleven undergraduate certificates that can be obtained with a degree or by themselves.
Certificate Application Process
If you are seeking an undergraduate certificate as a stand-alone program, you will follow the standard application process at wku.edu/admissions based on your student classification (freshman, transfer, readmit).
If you are adding a certificate program to a bachelor's degree, please do the following the semester prior to completion of the certificate program.
- Step 1: Find the Certificate Program Reference Number and Name of Program in the Undergraduate Catalog
- Step 2: Complete the Undergraduate Certificate Program Form
- Step 3: Obtain program approval signatures from department offering the certificate program
- Step 4: Pay the $15.00 application fee on TopNet
For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.
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"I decided to pursue WKU in 2014 after a 2 1/2 year break from two previous educational institutions. Prior to my registration, I was certainly hesitant to study as a full-time online student while working full-time. I knew I would have to learn to balance both work and school and anticipated it to be extremely difficult. Since my journey began with WKU, I am often reminded that I made the 'best' decision with my choice in an online education. Until this experience, never have I received such personable communication from both my professors and administration. I am still "blown away" by how close I feel to the whole WKU community while being over 120 miles away. I encourage future toppers to take a leap of faith with my Topper Family and let them guide you into the next step of your journey. You won't regret it!"
"I came to WKU to take advantage of the 2+2 program in order to achieve my bachelor’s degree. I had received my AAS from the KCTCS System the prior semester. Because I took the majority of my classes online through the KCTCS system, and was successful doing so, I wanted to do the same thing to achieve my bachelor’s degree. WKU was actually the only school I could find that was offering 100% online courses, as well as a major that interested me and followed suit with my Associates Degree. Western's Online Learning has allowed me to remain in my home town, and keep my full-time job. All whilst attaining my Bachelors in just 4 short semesters. One of my goals in life was to achieve my BS, and after this semester I will have done just that. Not only this but I will have done it in a discipline that interests me greatly, and I expect will further my professional value by great margins. Finally, the online learning option has taught me a great deal of knowledge which I will use in my profession, and I bolster the fact the CIT program in which I will be an Alumni is in the top 10 in the nation currently. Thank you WKU Online for everything, and if I get to the point in my life where I am considering Graduate School, WKU will be one of the first options that I consider!"
"My brother was the first to go to college and I followed in his footsteps, but it took me a lot longer to accomplish this goal. After joining the military I used my GI Bill to get back and finish my Bachelor's. Then a move happened and I am not teaching right now. So I figured why not head back to school...so I did, and while I did this, I worked full time (still do), endured a deployment, raised 2 boys...well my list goes on and on. But it's been tough and WKU has been there every step of the way. Having everything online at the touch of my fingertips is just what I need. Life is unpredictable. With that I can study on my terms, that's normally when my boys are asleep or I have a few extra minutes to study. The online classrooms are at your own pace, but they are also challenging and provide me with everything I need. It's easy and a joy to do. Online classes are going to be part of our future and WKU made that possible for me."