The Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies gives students the flexibility to design their own certificate program. Students can pick from multiple disciplines providing knowledge and information that is based on two or more of their academic interests. There are many career situations where the challenges are multi-dimensional and require students to problem solve on an interconnected level. This certificate provides the knowledge to tackle these problems from several perspectives. 

The Interdisciplinary Studies certificate is designed for students with broader interests in several fields or whose career goals don't match up with a program. Choosing from the variety of Lasell University courses offered at the graduate level, students can design a curriculum that fits their unique needs and goals. Faculty or an advisor will work with students to define their own areas of emphasis.  This certificate is financial aid eligible and the credits earned can later be applied to a master's degree. 

Who should get an Interdisciplinary Studies Certificate?

  • Career changers that need to learn a different skill set in order to transition to a new position or industry. 
  • People who want to advance their career but need to increase their knowledge and skills in a few areas to reach that goal.  
  • Licensed K-12 teachers that want to expand their knowledge or specialized in another subject
  • Life-long learners who want to personalize their path with only courses or area of study they are interested in


The Interdisciplinary Studies Certificate requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits total, with a minimum of 6 credits from the same department/program (Criminal Justice, Management, Communication, Sport Management, Nutrition for Human Performance, Rehabilitation Science, and Education).

Proposed Curriculum:

Program Area Course 1  3
Program Area Course 2 3
Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 3 3

Choose three electives (9 credits).  The courses can be any graduate courses.

See a list of graduate course descriptions here


Candidates seeking admission to a certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.

Application Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
  3. Resume
  4. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school

*Materials should be submitted through applygrad.lasell.edu/apply or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu 

Lasell University
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466