FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the EBS Certificate Program

  1. I am not a currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate student. Can I still earn the EBS Certificate?
  2. Is there a distance learning or executive education option for earning the EBS Certificate?
  3. I would like to request EBS credit for a course that is not on the EBS-approved course list. Is this possible?
  4. Is it possible to receive credit for more than one EBS-approved undergraduate course?
  5. If I completed an EBS-approved course on a “pass/not pass” basis, can I apply this course for credit toward the EBS Certificate?
  6. I am not an engineering or business student. Can I still earn the EBS Certificate?
  7. I completed the EBS course requirements during my UC Berkeley graduate studies, but I am currently not enrolled at the university. Can I request an EBS Certificate?
  8. Does the EBS Certificate Program offer grants or other financial assistance?
  9. I completed 2 course units in one thematic area and 4 units in another. Can I use the extra unit to count towards the area where I only completed 2 units?
  10. How is the EBS Certificate awarded?

I am not a UC Berkeley graduate student. Can I still earn the EBS Certificate?
No. The EBS Certificate is only available to UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program. UC Berkeley undergraduate students, UC Berkeley Extension students, UC Berkeley alumni, and graduate students at other universities are not eligible for the EBS Certificate.

Is there a distance learning or executive education option for earning the EBS Certificate?
The EBS Certificate is only available to currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students. The EBS Certificate is not currently offered as a distance learning curriculum. To explore the possibility of an executive education curriculum, please contact the EBS Director, Professor Arpad Horvath (horvath@ce.berkeley.edu).

I would like to request EBS credit for a course that is not on the EBS-approved course list. Is this possible?
No. Only courses that are included in the latest EBS-approved course list can be applied for credit toward the EBS Certificate. No course substitutions will be granted. However, we welcome suggestions for UC Berkeley courses that could be added to the EBS-approved course list in the future. Please email any such suggestions to horvath@ce.berkeley.edu.

Is it possible to receive credit for more than one EBS-approved undergraduate course?
No. No more than 3 units from EBS-approved undergraduate courses may be applied for credit toward the EBS Certificate.

If I completed an EBS-approved course on a “pass/not pass” basis, can I apply this course for credit toward the EBS Certificate?
No. Only EBS-approved courses that were taken for a letter grade can be applied for credit toward the EBS Certificate. Additionally, a letter grade of at least a “B” (not “B-“!) is required for credit toward the EBS Certificate.

I am not an engineering or business student. Can I still earn the EBS Certificate?
Yes. The EBS Certificate is available to any currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate student who can meet the EBS course and eligibility requirements. The EBS Certificate Program is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, so graduate students from all UC Berkeley colleges, schools, and programs are encouraged to enroll.

I completed the EBS course requirements during my UC Berkeley graduate studies, but I am currently not enrolled at the university. Can I request an EBS Certificate?
No. A student must be enrolled at UC Berkeley during the semester in which he or she requests an EBS Certificate. Students who are on a leave of absence should request the EBS Certificate upon resumption of their graduate enrollment at UC Berkeley. Those who have already graduated from UC Berkeley cannot request a back-dated EBS Certificate.

Does the EBS Certificate Program offer grants or other financial assistance?
No. The EBS Certificate Program does not offer any financial support to students. Students who are interested in financial assistance during their UC Berkeley graduate studies are encouraged to check with their home department.

I completed 2 course units in one thematic area and 4 units in another. Can I use the extra unit to count towards the area where I only completed 2 units?
No. Students must complete at least 3 units of EBS-approved courses in at least three thematic areas.

How is the EBS Certificate awarded?
The EBS Certificate will appear on the student’s official UC Berkeley transcript. A paper copy of the EBS Certificate will also be available for pickup from the Office of the Registrar. For more details, click here.