Graduate Certificate in World History

Wayne State's graduate bridge certificate in world history prepares current and future teachers to teach world history in middle school, high school, college or university. Demand for world history teachers has increased over the past several years, and our program provides you with the knowledge and the credentials you need to teach in the field.

As a coursework-only degree (students do not write a thesis or complete a capstone project), a certificate program is also an ideal option for lifelong learners who want to know more about the history of world events, but who are not ready to commit to a longer and more intensive master's program.   

World History certificate students complete four classes for a total of 12 credits. You can earn the certificate in as few as two semesters, or take up to three years to complete the degree. All 12 credits earned as part of the certificate may be applied to any other graduate program in the Wayne State history department. If, after completing your certificate, you decide you'd like to continue on for an advanced degree in history or public history, all of your coursework will count toward a master's or a doctorate.

Students already admitted to the master's in history, master's in public history, any joint master's degree programs in history or the doctorate in history may earn the world history certificate concurrent with their primary degree by completing a change of status form and filing a certificate program plan of work. 

The curriculum for the World History certificate includes a seminar and three electives


For more information regarding this program, please email History Graduate Director Tracy Neumann at

Application deadline

Students are admitted to the certificate program for both fall and winter terms. Applicants apply by April 15 to begin the following fall or October 15 to begin the following winter.

Important: Due to COVID-19, fall 2021 applicants are NOT required to submit GRE scores to be considered for admission to this program.

Please review the admissions section of the graduate handbook (PDF) for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

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