Frequently Asked Questions About Experiential Learning Certificates


Q. What is an experiential learning certificate at KU?
 A certificate indicates formal recognition for completing an experiential learning program. Each program has a different focus:
  • Arts Engagement Certificate
  • Certification in Service Learning
  • Certification in Entrepreneurship
  • Certification in Professional Selling
  • Global Awareness Program
  • Leadership Engagement Certificate
  • Research Experience Program
Q. What are some benefits to earning a certificate?
Here are a few of many:
  • Gain experience in applying your academic knowledge outside the classroom.
  • Obtain KU recognition with an official notation on your transcript.
  • Emphasize educational engagement and applied experiences on professional and academic credentials.
  • Practice articulating your experiential engagement at KU.
  • Explore options for potential majors and future careers.
  • Pursue interests outside of or complementary to your major.
Q. What is required to complete an experiential learning certificate?
Each certificate has its own requirements, but there are common components in all certificate programs including:
  • Academic Coursework (at least six hours)
  • Approved Educational Experiences (outside the classroom)
  • Reflection

To find out more about a specific certificate's requirements, visit the program's website or contact the certificate's coordinator.

Q. What is the definition of an “approved educational experience”?
An approved educational experience is an activity that applies your academic knowledge to related hands-on experiences with a specific focus.
Q. How can I complete my approved educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Each certificate has options for completing approved educational experiences in alignment with the University's COVID-19 safety precautions, including virtual options when available. Contact each certificate's coordinator if you have questions related to completing your required experience hours.
Q. Can graduate students earn these certificates?
Experiential learning certificate programs are only open to undergraduate students, with the exception of the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Graduate students interested in registering for an Entrepreneurship Certificate should contact Charlotte Tritch at
Q. How much do certificate programs cost?
Nothing! All programs are FREE. Some OPTIONAL events may require a fee, such as those at the Lied Center or KU Theatre (which also offer student discounts).
Q. What is the difference between a certificate and a minor?
An experiential learning certificate requires at least six credit hours and includes approved experiential activities while a minor usually consists of 18 credit hours. Minors do not necessarily require hands-on experiential learning.
Q. Is an experiential learning certificate considered a professional certification?
No, professional certifications allow one to legally engage in certain professional activities, such as a certification from the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute School.


Q. Does the grade I receive in my coursework matter?
You must earn a “C” grade (2.0 GPA) or better for each course to count toward all certificate programs.
Q. Can a class that fulfills a requirement for my major or minor also be counted toward a certificate?
Yes, a class that fulfills a requirement for your major/minor can also be counted toward a certificate. If you are unsure of how a class might fit in with your major, speak with your academic advisor.

Registration and Completion

Q. Who can register for these certificate programs?

All undergraduate students enrolled at KU. The Entrepreneurship Certificate is only open to non-business majors. The majority of the experiential learning certificates (Arts Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Engagement, Professional Selling, Research Experience and Service Learning) are open to degree-seeking students only.

Q. How do I register for a certificate?
Find out more about registering for a certificate here.
Q. What happens if I register for a certificate, but decide not to finish it?
Although incomplete components may show on your degree progress report (DPR), you will not receive an incomplete status of any kind on your official records. Only completed certificates will be represented on your transcript. If you would still like a certificate removed from your DPR, you can contact the certificate coordinator for that certificate.
Q. How long do I have to complete my certificate?
You have four years from the time you first register for the program or until you graduate from KU (whichever one comes first).
Q. How do I apply to graduate from a certificate program?
You apply online through Enroll & Pay. View instructions on completing the application process on the Student Information System’s website. Download PDF instructions.
Q. What is the deadline to apply to graduate from a certificate program through Enroll & Pay?
A.  The deadline to apply to graduate from a certificate in any semester can be found on the Office of the University Registar's calendar as "Undergraduate Application for Graduation Deadline."

If you plan to complete a certificate program in any given semester, you should apply to graduate from the certificate program even if you still have classes or experiences in progress. Pursue and earn certificates as early as possible in order to add them to your credentials as you apply for jobs, graduate school, and/or fellowships your senior year.
Q. I missed the online graduation application for my certificate. What should I do?
E-mail the corresponding certificate coordinator your graduation application request.
Q. When will my certificate show up on my academic transcript?
Certificate notations are added to academic transcripts the same day degrees post to transcripts. You can find specific dates for each semester on the Office of the University Registrar's calendar as "Degrees post to transcripts."

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