Post-Baccalauteate Certificates (MHEC-Approved)

UMBC offers several post-baccalaureate certificates, which have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and are offered under the auspices of academic departments.

Applicants are admitted to post-baccalaureate certificate programs as either degree or certificate (only) students. They typically desire an added credential to enhance employment or career advancement opportunities. Occasionally, enrollment in a certificate program is used as a stepping stone to a masterís program. A student may be enrolled concurrently in a certificate and a degree program, and the certificate and degree programs do not need to be offered by the same department. Admissions criteria are determined by each graduate program offering a certificate.

Applicants should complete the certificate application form if they are interested in obtaining only a certificate and not a degree. The degree-seeking form should be completed (with both the desired certificate and program indicated) if the applicant is interested in both the certificate and degree.

Additional details about admission to certificate programs may be found in the Admissions Policies and Degree Requirement chapters.

The following departments or programs offer post-baccalaureate certificates, and details about the certificates may be found in the departmental or program chapters of this catalog:

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department

Bio-Chemical Regulatory Engineering Certificate

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department

Systems Engineering Certificate

Education Department

Elementary/Middle Science Education Certificate
Mathematics Education Certificate
Mathematics Instructional Leadership (K-8)
Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Emergency Health Services Department

Emergency Management Certificate

Engineering Management Program

Engineering Management Certificate

Geography department

Certifcate in Professional studies: Geographic Information Systems

Instructional Systems Development Program

Instructional Technology Certificate
Distance Education Certificate
Instructional Systems Development Certificate

Mechanical Engineering Department

Computational Thermal/Fluid Dynamics Certificate
Mechatronics Certificate

Sociology Department

The Nonprofit-Sector Certificate

The Erickson School

Certificate in Senior Housing

Two certificates are offered by departments and programs that do not offer masterís or doctoral degrees. The description of these certificates follows:

Gender and Womenís Studies Program

Gender and Womenís Studies Certificate

The post-baccalaureate certificate sponsored by the Gender and Womenís Studies Program provides students with a coherent and interdisciplinary grounding in current gender and womenís studies scholarship. It offers a range of intellectual skills useful in many disciplines and professions. The program can be readily adapted to a variety of career paths in business, education, psychology, public policy, public service and sociology in regional, national and international contexts. The Gender and Womenís Studies Program is a community of scholars dedicated to the study of gender and its intersection with such issues as race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. The scholarís are committed to giving students tools to help meet the needs of a diverse workforce and world.

Students must complete four gender and womenís studies courses: two core courses that focus on feminist theories and research practice and two electives from a list of cross-listed courses within related humanities and social science departments. Both elective courses may be taken in the same department in which the student completes an masterís or doctoral. Only one course can be an independent study course.

The certificate may be completed in conjunction with graduate work in a masterís or doctorate program, or it can be completed by itself. Please refer to the application chapter for more information on how to apply for admission.

For more information, please contact the Gender and Womenís Studies Office at 410-455-2001 or e-mail

Course Descriptions
Core Courses:

GWST 680
Theories of Feminism [3]

This course examines contemporary feminist theories of womenís subordination and liberation. The class will read major works of 20th-century feminist thinkers, analyze the theoretical perspectives they represent and discuss the commonalities and differences between them. Readings are drawn from both U.S. feminist sources and from feminists from around the globe. Throughout the course, consideration is given to the historical, social, intellectual and political contexts within which these theories developed, including the relationship of feminist theories to other social and political movements and the relationship between feminist theory and the contemporary womenís movements in the United States and worldwide. The course examines key differences among women based upon race, class, sexual orientation, culture, religion and nationality, as well as strategies for effectively negotiating those differences. The issues we will examine from a feminist perspective will include gender, experience, identity, difference, equality, sexuality, wage work, racism, imperialism, language and representation.

GWST 695
Research Seminar in Womenís Studies [3]

The seminar will focus on the topic of feminist research methodologies. The seminar includes discussion of methodological issues central to conducting research about gender within the social sciences and humanities fields. The seminar will evaluate these debates through review of specific case studies. In addition, students will develop strategies for evaluating research and methodologies used by other disciplines in terms of their appropriateness for gender and womenís studies scholarship.

Elective Courses:

GWST 601
Directed Independent Study [3]

Independent readings under faculty supervision. Note: Intended for students who desire to study independently an aspect of gender and womenís studies not covered by regular course work. May be taken for one to three credits.

GWST 633
Gender, Work and Family in Cross- Cultural Perspective [3]

This course examines the intersection of work and family as affected by gender stratification in various countries. The topics covered include the separation and interdependence of work and family, gender wage differences, occupational gender segregation, division of household labor and childcare, dual-earner families and the impact of national policies (childcare, parental leave and affirmative action) on women and men. Cross-listed as SOCY 633.

GWST 634
Gender and the Life Course [3]

This course examines the complex interactions of two critical social constructs: gender and the life course. Material will examine how these constructs have developed over time, how they vary across cultures and historical periods, and how they interact to construct very different lives for males and females in society. Specific foci of the course are the demographic and biological underpinnings of gender and the life course, age stratification systems, variations of timing of family and other life events by gender, life course transitions, the effects of aging on social power and health and how gender and life course interact with/are reinforced by social policy. Building in diversity of class and race/ethnicity in examining variations, the course will employ readings and examples from the major life stages of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life. Cross-listed as SOCY 634.

GWST 657
Psychology of Women [3]

Psychology of Women will focus on exploration of the lives of girls and women through the eyes of psychology. Students will use theoretical perspectives on sex and gender, research, first-person accounts and applied examples to critically examine such questions as: What is the role of gender and sex in explaining human behavior, cognitions and emotions? Do women have a distinct psychology? What are important factors in the lives of women and girls? How do other issues such as race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, religion, age, education and country of origin impact girls and women? In seeking answers to these and other questions, students will explore a number of applications, perspectives and questions that have been, and still are, frequently excluded from psychological study. Thus, the study of the psychology of women also will lead students to investigate historical bias and current preconceptions in psychological theory, research, practice and education.

GWST 672
Gender and Globalization in Latin America [3]

This course will examine gender relations in Latin-American countries from a sociological and cultural perspective. The role of institutions (family, school, media, etc.) in the production and reproduction of gender relations will be studied as the main explanatory factor of gender inequality. Macro- and micro-aspects of gender relations will be analyzed in the context of each of the case countries under study. The course also will focus on the impact of feminist theory on the feminist movements in Latin America. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Cross-listed as SPAN 672.

GWST 690
Advanced Topics in Womenís Studies [3]

An intensive study of a specialized topic or problem involving gender and/or womenís studies using interdisciplinary methodologies. Topics to be announced each semester offered.

Music Department

American Contemporary Music Certificate

Offered by the Department of Music, the post-baccalaureate certificate in American Contemporary Music provides a one-year intensive experience in the study of American contemporary music performance. Students wishing to prepare for graduate school are mentored by faculty, and credits earned at UMBC often transfer to other institutions. For example, this certificate program and Towson University have a collaborative program enabling the successful UMBC certificate student to transfer 12 full credits there toward a masterís degree in music.

The program is open to both American and international students (who may also take English language classes); cultural exchange constitutes another rich aspect of this program. Twelve credits of required music courses are designed to provide private instrumental instruction, coaching in chamber music and historical and analytical study of American contemporary music. These classes focus on the development of contemporary performance techniques, including the incorporation of new technologies in performance; extended instrumental techniques; new concepts of musical development and form; and new concepts of ensemble. Each student will prepare a recital of solo and chamber works from the repertoire of American contemporary music as the culminating experience for the program. For non-native speakers of English, concurrent non-credit ESOL courses and tutoring will develop competency in American English and familiarity with American cultures.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and by audition. For application to the Graduate School, see the application chapter of the catalog. For current requirements and application procedures for the Department of Music, consult

Facilities and Special Resources

UMBC faculty members are recognized experts in the creating and performing contemporary music. Collectively they have premiered and recorded more than 1,000 new works in the past 30 years. Students in this program are paired with chosen faculty and develop repertoire through weekly private lessons, music forums, formal recitals and ensemble performances. Students enrolled in the program may be selected to apprentice with RUCKUS, the faculty contemporary music ensemble in residence at UMBC.

Students have full access to the Recital Hall, which houses a beautiful, nine-foot Steinway, and to state-of-the-art recording facilities on campus. Student composers have access to the faculty and student ensembles for readings and performances of their work.

The Department of Musicís Contemporary Concert Series and Faculty Recital Series provide students with a wealth of international performances to inform their study of contemporary performance techniques and styles.

The following is a list of courses and descriptions of their specific content:

Credited Music Courses

Music 693
Solo Performance Study

Preparation of major solo repertoire for performance, working with faculty mentor in private lessons.

Music 694
Solo Performance Study and Recital

Preparation of advanced solo repertoire for presentation in a 60-minute recital at the conclusion of the semester; program to include either all-contemporary repertoire (may include works involving music technology), or a program from different eras, including contemporary American music.

Music 690
Seminar in American Chamber Music

Study and performance of a variety of American chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including important works by Ives, Cowell, Varese, Carter, composers of the New York school (Cage, Feldman and Brown) and composers of the ďNew Complexity.Ē Works examined will represent musical styles that address problems of non-conventional music notation, controlled improvisation, extended instrumental and vocal techniques, and poly-rhythmic complexes.

Music 691
Seminar in American Music History

An analysis of selected, significant American music from Ives to the present. There will be a discussion of historical context and technological, social/political, literary, aesthetic and other influences. Special attention will be given to tape and interactive computer music and problems encountered in performance.

Non-Credit ESOL (for non-native speakers of English) One-Week Intensive ESOL (Summer)
Intensive study in integrated language skills (reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening and pronunciation), as well as functional language for university study, living in the United States and communicating across cultures. (Non-credit)

Non-Credit English for Musicians (Fall) English for Specific Purposes
Understanding vocabulary and rhetorical styles of contemporary American music encountered in Music 690 and Music 693. Functional English for successful university work and preparation for the graduate application process in the United States.

Non-Credit TOEFL Preparation Course (Fall)
Study of the TOEFL testing program to improve test scores, analysis of individual needs, strategies for success and practice with listening, grammar, reading comprehension and Test of Written English (TWE), taking TOFEL by computer with access to the computer lab after class.

Mini-Course on American Culture (Fall/Spring)
Information and activities to promote increased language fluency and act comfortably in the classroom and as well as in mainstream U.S. culture. Students contribute information about their own cultures and make comparisons with U.S. culture.

ESOL Tutoring in Small Groups (Spring)
Studentsí individual language needs as related to successful completion of Music 691 and Music 694, as well as preparation for their performances, TOEFL testing and the Graduate School application process. Public recital of solo and chamber music, which includes works by a variety of composers and from a variety of compositional perspectives. At least one work may involve the use of new technologies (the use of interactivity or of digital audio processing, for example) or extended techniques.