Non-Degree Certificate Programs FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start a non-degree certificate program? Are admissions deadlines rolling?
CGI offers two (2) entry points for non-degree certificate programs, Fall and Spring I. The deadlines for admissions are not rolling. Upcoming admissions deadlines are provided on the Admissions page.

How many hours per week are spent in class?
Our students estimate that one (1) three (3) credit course requires an average of twelve (12) hours of reading, studying, and writing per week. If you work full-time (as the majority of our students do) it is advised that you take a maximum of 2 courses per term.

A student enrolled in two (2) three (3) credit courses equals a total of six (6) credit hours, which averages a total of 24 hours of reading, studying, and writing per week.

Does my Master's degree count towards a non-degree certificate program?
In order to be eligible for admissions into any of CGI's non-degree certificate programs, evidence of Master’s Degree or higher from a accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better in the field of Behavioral Health or similar (Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy) is required. To learn more about admissions requirements and transfer admissions visit the Admissions page.

What is the faculty and student ratio?
The current faculty to student ratio at CGI is 5:1. This favorable ratio ensures that faculty are available to give each student the support they need to succeed within each course.

What is the minimum number of courses students are required to take per term?
Full-Time Enrollment (FTE) is 3 semester credit hours or more per term. Part-Time Enrollment (PTE) is 2 semester credit hours or less and no fewer than 1 semester credit hour, per term.

Do I have to pay the full program tuition at the start of the certificate program?
No, Cummings Graduate Institute works hard to make tuition affordable and accessible for our students. Cummings Graduate Institute has developed several payment programs to accommodate all budget types. The Cummings Graduate Institute Tuition Payment Programs are zero-interest monthly payments.

Can I transfer non-degree certificate program credits into the DBH program?
Yes, credits earned in CGI's non-degree certificate programs are transferable into the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program.

Can I enroll in more than one non-degree certificate program at the same time? 

CGI refers to this concurrent enrollment. Concurrent programs are defined as two or more academic programs that may be pursued at the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) by a student resulting in completion of the requirements for two or more degree-seeking and or non-degree seeking programs. Enrollment in concurrent programs is regulated by CGI. Overlap of credits allowed (i.e., where credit hours can count towards more than one program) is governed by the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy.

Visit the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy to verify the requirements and steps for pursuing concurrent program enrollment at CGI as a prospective student, currently enrolled student, alumni, or withdrawn student. Concurrent enrollment questions can be directed to the Admissions office at

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