Certificate FAQs

Commonly Asked Questions

Most students take one or two courses a semester and can finish in one to two years.

You can start taking courses toward a Statistics Certificate in any semester.

Classes for Statistics Certificates are held only at the Hayward campus. Applicable courses are offered every semester.

Complete the CSU Mentor Graduate Online Application. Since you are interested in the Certificate Program apply for the MS Program in Statistics and Statistics Certificate for your Emphasis/ Concentration.

No. The Open University program allows students to enroll in classes without being admitted to the University. However, Open University students may pay a higher fee than matriculated (admitted) students and cannot register for classes until the sixth day of the semester. To download an Open University application and for enrollment instructions, go here.

You must earn a grade of "C" or better in courses numbered below 600 and a grade of "B-" or better in 600-level courses. A grade of CR (in credit/no credit grading) is acceptable for one course numbered below 600; CR grades are not acceptable for 600-level courses.

The Mathematical Statistics certificate requires an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.  The Applied Statistics certificate requires an overall grade point average of at least 2.0.

At least 75% of the courses in a certificate program and all 500- and 600-level courses must be taken at CSUEB.

Yes, (1) if the classes meet MS program requirements, and (2) if the courses are taken within the five calendar years immediately preceding the completion of the MS degree.

You may not receive a certificate with the same title as the degree major, option, or minor that you have already received.

During your final semester, visit the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics office (Sc N229) to (1) complete a Certificate Major Check form and (2) submit your processing fee (cash or check payable to CSUEB), currently $4.00. After your form is approved by the Certificate Advisor, we will forward it and your processing fee to the Records Office. Your certificate will be mailed to you approximately 8 weeks after your final grade is posted.