Understanding the Differences Between Graduate Portfolios & Stackable Graduate Certificates

Graduate Portfolios

  • Portfolios are restricted to degree-seeking graduate students. 
  • Portfolios are certified when the student’s degree is conferred. 
  • Portfolios are certified as a transcript degree notation. If a student doesn’t complete their degree requirements, they do not receive portfolio certification. 
  • Portfolios are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on courses and faculty from multiple graduate programs. 
  • Portfolios are governed/administered by a director and steering committee that includes representation from the participating programs. 
  • Portfolios require completion of 9-15 SCH of UT Austin graduate coursework. Two of the courses (6 SCH) must be offered by graduate programs outside of the student’s primary area of study. 
  • Portfolio programs require legislation and approval through the Graduate Assembly, Graduate Dean, Provost. 
  • Portfolio completion is not reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). 
  • Portfolio programs must be listed in the Graduate Catalog prior to implementation. 

Stackable Graduate Certificates

  • Stackable graduate certificates require completion of 9-15 SCH of approved graduate coursework in a single discipline/field of study. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates are available to degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates earned by degree-seeking students allow for a limited amount of transfer credit. 
  • Students receive recognition on the University transcript at the end of the semester when requirements of a stackable graduate certificate program are completed. If a degree-seeking student doesn’t complete their degree requirements, they can still receive a transcript reflecting completed stackable graduate certificates. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates are offered in specified disciplines or fields of study. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates are sponsored and administered by the Graduate Studies Committee associated with the given discipline/field of study. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates require legislation and approval through the Graduate Assembly, Graduate Dean, Provost. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates do not require approval by or reporting to the THECB. 
  • Stackable graduate certificates must be listed in Graduate Catalog prior to implementation.