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Social Aspects of Human-Animal Interactions (HAI)

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Earn your certificate in Social Aspects of Human-Animal Interactions (HAI) online

The unique bond between people and animals is a powerful tool for healing. As a student in this online program, you will study techniques specific to animal-assisted therapy and interventions.

Why study Human-Animal Interactions (HAI)?

This unique certificate program will train you how to safely and ethically integrate companion animals into a variety of treatment settings and create mutually beneficial relationships with animals and the environment. In addition, you will gain the skills to provide grief counseling during the loss of companion animals and to better address the demands facing veterinary professionals and other animal caregivers.

Developed in collaboration with the HABIC Center

This graduate certificate is offered in collaboration with the Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) Center, which sponsors animal therapy programs, education, and research to explore and advance the benefits of the human-animal bond. Students may optionally pursue additional mentorship and learning opportunities offered through the HABIC Center. Contact your student success coach for more information.

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Curriculum Open Accordion

To earn your graduate certificate, you must complete all three required courses. Please note that you must be admitted into this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 9

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semesterAugust 1
Spring semesterJanuary 1
Summer semesterMay 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

This graduate certificate program requires students to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Social Aspects of Human-Animal Interaction (Certificate) – Distance" (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

4 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

9 credits
$725 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Social Aspects of Human Animal Interactions (HAI)
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Application Dates

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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