Human Performance Improvement Certificate


HPI Certificate Program

There are 3 required courses and 1 supporting course (from a choice of 3 courses), and 1 culminating capstone course for the HPI certificate program. The capstone course (ISD 611) is the final course in the sequence. In other words, it is taken after the other 4 courses are satisfactorily completed. The courses are as follows:

HPI Required Core Courses 

3 core courses (9 credit hours):
ISD 641- Performance Systems Technology
ISD 640 – Needs Assessment
IDE 645 - Advanced Human Performance Improvement

HPI Supporting Courses

Select one course (3 credit hours) from the following:
ISD 621 - Instructional Design
ISD 642- Project Coordination
IDE 660 – Program Evaluation

Culminating Capstone Experience

Required capstone course (3 credit hours):
ISD 611 – Macro-level Training and Performance Systems
Culminating experience is enrollment in ISD 611 and satisfactory completion of its final project.

Who can apply?

  • Current IDD master's and doctoral students may complete the certificate program while working on their degree program. (Students must notify the COE Graduate Studies Office of the intent to pursue this certificate.)
    • When degree program is complete and HPI certificate courses are complete, the IDD certificate notation will be added to the transcript.
  • Students who would like to pursue the IDD certificate independent of a degree program can make application through the Office of Admissions.  Interested Individuals will need to have a bachelor's degree. 
    • When courses are complete, the HPI certificate notation will be added to the transcript.

How to Apply to the HPI Certificate Program 

If you are not a currently enrolled student in a graduate program (master’s or doctorate), then you will need to apply for admission to one of the certificate programs.


Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.

Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9218
Watertown, MA 02471

(Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)

2. GPA Requirement: 

  • Regular Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
  • Provisional Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.

3. Official GRE or MAT exam score.

4. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study (Upload document within application).

5. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities (submitted through online WebAdmit portal).

6. Resume. (Upload document within application.)

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Advising by an IDD Faculty

Once admitted to a certificate program, an academic advisor will be appointed to monitor your progress toward completion of the certification requirements.

Progress and Requirements for Certificate Programs are as follows:

  • A certificate faculty advisor will be appointed upon admission to the program. Additionally, a Certificate Committee is established to monitor the progress of students on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Satisfactory student progress will be a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all certificate program courses and all work attempted is required. A maximum of two Cs can be counted. No grades of D or F may be counted. If a third C or any grade below a third C is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Moving to the Master's Degree program

Individuals in a certificate program may decide to continue studies within a degree program. Having been admitted as a student in a designated certificate program, the individual will need to reapply for the IDD master' program. Upon acceptance, the student will then be enrolled in the master’s degree program and the certificate courses that were successfully completed will apply towards the degree requirements.

The USA Bulletin 2016-2017 provides more information on application and admission policy for the HPI certificate program.


For More Information Contact:

Instructional Design & Development Program

College of Education and Professional Studies

UCOM 3800

Ph: (251) 380-2861

Fax: (251) 380-2713

gmclean@southalabama.edu