Graduate Embedded Certificates

Graduate embedded certificates are programs available to students studying at the University of Alberta. They provide a unique opportunity for students to earn asecond credential concurrently with their degree program.

Upon completion, you will have both a graduate degree and a graduate embedded certificate.


  1. What is a graduate embedded certificate?
    A GEC is a for-credit program that requires students to complete at least twelve credits (*12) of study to obtain a second credential. Some students may be able to use degree electives towards a GEC, while others may need to complete more than the minimum degree requirements to qualify for both the degree and the certificate. A GEC must be completed concurrently with a graduate degree. Requirements for both must be completed prior to graduation. [Note: A student cannot convocate and then complete the GEC requirements.]
  2. What is the advantage of completing a graduate embedded certificate program?
    Holding a graduate embedded certificate makes it clear to prospective employers that you have additional specialized training in addition to the knowledge and skills gained through your graduate degree program. If you are interested in employment related to a specific GEC, you may have a competitive advantage.

    If you plan to seek entrance into a PhD program conducting research related to the focus of specific GEC, this additional specialized training may be useful.

  3. Are there any prerequisites or requirements for being accepted into a GEC program in the School of Public Health?
    Students wishing to enroll in a GEC program must be enrolled in a graduate program available at the School or another faculty at the University of Alberta, and be in good academic standing when they apply.
  4. How do I apply?
    To learn about the application process, visit the page for the graduate embedded certificate that you're interested in.

  5. What areas of specialization are available through graduate embedded certificates?

     Graduate Embedded Certificate in Climate Change & Health

    Graduate Embedded Certificate in Communicable Diseases

    Graduate Embedded Certificate in Community-Based Research & Evaluation (CBRE)

  6. How long do I have to complete the requirements of a graduate embedded certificate?

    Coursework required for a graduate embedded certificate must be completed by the time degree requirements have been completed.
  7. When will I receive my certificate?
    Graduate embedded certificates are awarded to students at the time their degree is awarded. Students receive a parchment for the degree and a parchment for the certificate. Both are shown on the student’s transcript.
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