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Service-Learning Certificate

To qualify for the Service-Learning Certificate, students must complete 120 hours of service to the community while attending Bentley. Credit and noncredit service hours can be combined to meet the 120-hour requirement. Certificate holders receive a special notation on their graduation transcripts, and recognition by the university as leaders in social responsibility and civic engagement.


There are two ways to sign up for the Certificate Program. The first is to sign up while registering for the 4th-credit or embedded service-learning options via MyBentley during the Academic Service-Learning Application period at the beginning of each semester.  While registering, you will be asked if you would like to be enrolled in the Certificate Program.  You can check that box if you are a class code 4 or less and you will be automatically enrolled in the program.

To register, follow the instructions below and complete the application:

  • Login to MyBentley
  • Click through the left navigation tabs:
    • Student Self Service
    • Main Menu
    • UG Student Main Menu
    • Student Services
    • Service-Learning Application

The second way to register can be completed at any point during the year, as long as you are a class code 4 or less. To register follow this link.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the Service-Learning Certificate, students must comply with the following requirements:

  • All students must complete at least 120 hours of service.  These hours may be composed of service undertaken through 4th-credit options, embedded course projects, select service volunteer positions, internships, and Bentley's noncredit work-study and Community Work Program.
  • At least 60 of the 120 hours must be undertaken for credit (e.g., embedded course projects, 4th-credit projects, and SL421 internship projects with nonprofit or other service organizations).
  • Students must complete at least 100 hours by Junior year.
  • No more than 20 hours may be credited from each 4th-credit, embedded course project, or SL421 internship.
  • Students must sign up for the Certificate Program by January 31 of Sophomore year or before reaching class code 5 status, whichever is later.
  • Students must also enroll and participate in the Bentley Civic Leadership Program* by spring semester of Senior year.​​​​​

Upon submission of complete, accurate, and verified application materials; participation in the Bentley Civic Leadership Program; and completion of all 120 hours of service, the BSLC will award the certificate and request that the Registrar include the certificate designation on your transcript.   Follow this link to apply for the Service-Learning Certificate. 

*For more information about the Leadership Program, contact Professor Anthony Buono

For more information contact:

Lynne Johanson
Bentley Service-Learning Center


Jonathan White
Director, Bentley Service-Learning Center


Service-Learning Certificate Program FAQs

Q1. Does volunteer work during the summer or during winter break count toward the Certificate?
A1. It does not count unless it is sponsored by a Bentley organization and is verified. When in doubt about whether a service project can be applied toward the Certificate, contact the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center beforehand.

Q2. What happens if I do not sign up for the program until I am a class code 5 or greater?
A2. If you miss the deadline, the system will not allow you to sign up for the program and your hours towards the certificate will be forfeited.

Q3. What should I do if I have technical difficulties signing up for the Certificate Program?
A3. Email Lynne Johanson of Service-Learning with the problem right away and she will assist you.

Q4. What is the deadline for applying to the Certificate program?
A4. The deadline is January 31 at 11:59 p.m. of your sophomore year.

Q5. Is the deadline for applying different for transfer students?
A5. It is different for transfer students who transfer in as sophomores. Sophomore transfer students have until June 30 of their sophomore year to apply. Transfer students who transfer to Bentley after their sophomore year and who have a record of significant prior service may petition the Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement for consideration to apply.

Q6.  Are there types of volunteer work that do not count toward the Certificate?
A6. Yes. Only direct community service applies, (i.e., planning service events as opposed to actual service does not apply). Also, fundraising activities do not apply (e.g., walks, road races, raffles, car washes, and other fundraising activities).

Q7. Can service hours performed prior to my Bentley years apply toward the Certificate?
A7. Service completed prior to attending Bentley, e.g., community service done during high school, will not be applied towards the Certificate Program. If you are a transfer student and completed significant service at your prior university see question 5.

Q8. Do hours spent working on projects sponsored by my church count toward the Certificate?
A8. These hours will count if they involve service to the wider community, irrespective of religious affiliation, and if they are completed with a Bentley sponsored program. These hours will not count if they involve a religious purpose, e.g., teaching church doctrine.

Q9. If I am participating in a 4th-credit or embedded project and I spend more than 20 hours on that project, will I receive credit for the actual number of hours served?
A9. No. The maximum number of hours credited for a 4th-credit or embedded project is 20 hours. The same applies to an SL421 Internship.

Q10. Who oversees the Service-Learning Certificate Program?  A: The Service-Learning Certificate Program is overseen by the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center.  Please contact Lynne Johanson at if you need further assistance.