Certificate programs are available to students who seek a shorter program focused on career development or knowledge of a specific discipline. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 semester hours, although some certificates may require up to 24 semester hours. In some cases, credits from a certificate program can be applied to an associate or bachelor’s degree. For example, a student who had previously completed a Fire Science Certificate might be able to apply those credits toward a Bachelor of Fire Science degree. Students may also choose to add a certificate to their associate or bachelor’s degree; however, it may increase the total program requirements and/or reduce transfer credit that can be applied. We recommend discussing this with an academic advisor by emailing counseling@apus.edu before adding a certificate to your program.