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Guide to Certificate Completion


The Human Rights Institute is excited to welcome you to our program at the University of Connecticut! Below you will find detailed instructions on the initial application process, as well as step by step guided information about how to complete the certificate requirements and graduate with the certificate. If you have questions about any phase of this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Graduate Liaison, Alyssa Webb.

Step One: Apply to the Program

CLAS, NEAG, and SSW Graduate Certificate Application Instructions

It is important to note that students must accept admission and be matriculated to the grad certificate program prior to the first day of the semester in which they plan to graduate to ensure a timely conferral of the certificate. Please keep this deadline in mind as you plan out your studies at UConn. Late applications will have the certificate conferred at a later date, and may potentially face additional administrative fees.

If you intend to graduate in the Fall, you should have your complete application (letter of recommendation included) submitted by July 1 at the latest.

If you intend to graduate in the Spring, you should have your complete application (letter of recommendation included) submitted by November 1 at the latest.

Law School Graduate Certificate Application Instructions

J.D. students may apply at any time but are encouraged to apply in their second year to facilitate course planning and communication about human rights programming and professional opportunities.

Step Two: Complete Coursework

To see the complete list of courses approved for the certificate visit our Graduate Certificate Course Requirements page.

To review our current course offerings click here.

In the event that you have taken a course that is not on our approved list of courses for the certificate and that you would like us to consider applying towards your completion of the certificate program:

Course substitution requests are considered on a case by case basis by the Graduate Advisory Committee. If you would like to request a course substitution, fill out and return the form below to Alyssa Webb at the Human Rights Institute, along with the syllabus for the course and any other course materials you would like the committee to consider as they make their decision.

Request for Course Substitution Form

Step Three: File Your Plan of Study

Upon completion of coursework for the certificate, you should complete your plan of study. Note that the plan of study you submit for the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights is distinct from the plan of study you will submit for your primary degree program.

The plan of study for the Human Rights Certificate should be review and signed by the Graduate Education Coordinator affiliated with your discipline at UConn, and then submitted to the Graduate School (CLAS, NEAG, SSW) or Registrar (Law School). Make sure to provide a copy of your plan of study to the Human Rights Institute, and also retain a copy for your records.

CLAS, NEAG, & SSW Human Rights Certificate Plan of Study Form

Law School Human Rights Certificate Plan of Study Form 

Step Four: Apply for Graduation

During your final semester at the University of Connecticut, please go to the Student Administration System and apply for graduation.