How do I earn a micro-credential through NKU?

Earning a badge is easy!  Simply take the required courses and earn the required grades. Once you have taken the required courses, send an email to, and we will email you a link to download your badge. If you’re ready to go, see our Apply Today page. 


Who can earn micro-credentials from NKU? 

Anyone who is eligible to take the required courses may earn a micro-credential. For-credit courses only require a bachelor’s degree and application to be a non-degree student. Students already enrolled in a degree-seeking program must apply for graduate non-degree admission into the micro-credential program and register for the course(s) required.


May I earn a micro-credential if I’m already enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program? 

Yes. Simply apply for admission into the graduate non-degree micro-credential program, register for the course(s) required and earn the required grades.


If I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, can I earn micro-credentials from NKU? 

No. You must meet the criteria for non-degree graduate admission, including a bachelor’s degree and an overall GPA of 2.5.


What are the grade requirements for the badges? 

To earn a micro-credential, the cumulative grade point average of courses taken for the micro-credential must be 3.0 or higher, and the grade of each course must be a C or better. 


Is there a special micro-credential fee? Do micro-credentials require me to pay tuition?

There are no special fees for micro-credentials. You pay whatever tuition and fees are required for the particular courses you are taking, and the micro-credential comes to you—at no additional cost—once you complete the requirements and email us at


Are micro-credentials from NKU secure and credible?

Yes. NKU has partnered with Credly, a secure platform for earning, distributing, and displaying digital micro-credentials.  When micro-credentials appear on Credly, LinkedIn, or your favorite social media platform, they are clickable; when one clicks on the badge, it will bring the viewer to an official site describing and certifying Northern Kentucky University micro-credentials.


What are the micro-credentials available in?

You may find the full selection of NKU’s micro-credentials in our Program Index. We are always working to add new micro-credential programs. If you don’t find a micro-credential listed in an area that interests you or your employer, please let us know by contacting us at


If I take a micro-credential now, can those courses be used toward a graduate certificate or master’s degree in the future?

YES! Our graduate micro-credentials are stackable. This means you can earn a micro-credential, and then apply those courses toward a graduate certificate or master’s degree.

Here is an example:

  1. Take PAD 681, PAD 682 and PAD 683 and earn a  micro-credential in Disaster Readiness.

  2. Apply those courses toward the graduate certificate in Emergency Management.

  3. Apply the graduate certificate courses toward the Master of Public Administration. 

Things to keep in mind:

  •  All students must first APPLY FOR and be ADMITTED TO a certificate or master's degree program before any micro-credential courses can be counted toward it. Students must meet all admissions requirements set by the specific  certificate or master’s program, which may exceed the admission requirements for the micro-credential. Review the admissions information for your program of choice before applying.

  • For micro-credential credits to count toward a certificate or master’s degree, those credits must be fewer than eight (8) years old at the time of the graduation from the certificate or master’s degree program.

  • Transfer credits from another institution cannot be applied in addition to the micro-credential credits.

  • Students earning micro-credentials should be sure to apply for and be admitted into the relevant certificate or master’s degree BEFORE they register for additional credit hours in a specific area. Students are welcome to earn as many micro-credentials as they like with their non-degree status; however, only 9 credits of those courses will ever be permitted to count toward a certificate or master’s program.


If I have already taken the courses for a micro-credential, may I apply them toward a micro-credential now?

NKU’s micro-credential program began in Spring 2018. If at least one of the courses you have taken toward a micro-credential was taken during Spring 2018 or later, you are eligible for the micro-credential. If you took all the required courses prior to Spring 2018, you are not eligible for the micro-credential. You also may not retake one course and earn the micro-credential using the older courses.  


May I apply courses from other universities or colleges to an NKU micro-credential?

No. Courses from other colleges or universities do not count toward an NKU micro-credential. Transfer credits are not applicable to micro-credential requirements.


Is special consent required for taking courses toward a badge?

There are a few courses that require the consent of the program director for students who are not already admitted to the corresponding certificate or master’s program. The courses requiring consent of the program director are marked on the NKU micro-credential course index.


How many micro-credentials may I earn?

There is no limit on the number of NKU micro-credentials you can earn.


What if I have more questions regarding micro-credentials?

Please contact us at with additional questions or with any suggestions. We are open to new ideas for our program!