Application Information

The Class of 2023 online application is now closed.  If you missed the deadline, but are still interested in the certificate program, please contact Kimberly Murray, Program Coordinator at  Applications for the Class of 2024 will be accepted in early spring (application period dates will listed on the website in early January).

The enrollment procedure to the UCHV undergraduate certificate program in Values and Public Life requires:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher (if GPA is below a 3.0, please provide an explanation as to why);
  • submission of an enrollment essay of 2-4 pages, double-spaced, that outlines the student's area of interest and reasons for pursuing the certificate, and also lays out a plan of study for fulfilling the certificate requirements;
  • a recommendation by an academic referee;
  • an unofficial copy of the student's academic transcript.

The VPL program recommends that interested students take the enrollment essay seriously and fill it out as thoughtfully as possible since it is important for us to understand your course and independent work plans in advising you and planning future course offerings.

Pease contact Kimberly Murray, Program Coordinator, at if you have any questions.

Please note:  We strongly recommend completing one of our core courses prior to enrolling in the certificate program.