The conferring of degrees is one of the most significant activities performed at Rice as an institution of higher education. Ensuring that students meet the requirements of their selected major, minor, and/or certificate program is an important process performed each semester and each academic year. In past academic years, the major certification (or Approval of Major) process was manual and paper-based, with each department delegating faculty to review and physically sign off on students' Approval of Major paperwork. This also included the manual notation of course substitutions and exceptions. Thanks to the implementation of Degree Works, course substitutions and exceptions, along with major certifications, can now be performed electronically.
An official certifier is a faculty advisor who has the ability to apply course substitutions and/or exceptions and certify that a student has met the requirements of their selected major, minor, and/or certificate towards the completion of their degree(s).
Students should work with their faculty advisor throughout the academic year to review their progress towards the completion of their degree(s). The faculty advisor will assist the student in understanding the courses and credit hours needed to fulfill the requirements of their major, minor, and/or certificate program. The faculty advisor will also work with the official certifier when course substitution or exception is needed. The official certifier will submit the course substitution or exception via a petition process within Degree Works. The Office of the Registrar will apply the course substitution or exception as requested
The following table lists the Official Certifier for each department and/or academic program for the current academic year:
Note: Programs marked with asterisks (**) are no longer active in the 2017 - 2018 academic year.
Please note that this list may change due to changes with faculty advisors. Please contact the Office of the Registrar via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if an update is needed, or if you have questions about an Official Certifier.