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), the 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, which include a graduate seminar and three electives. You can earn the certificate in as few as two semesters or take up to three years to complete coursework. 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 in our department.

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. 

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. To apply, please submit transcripts from all previously completed degrees and a statement of purpose via our admissions portal.

Your 500 to 750 word academic statement of purpose should convey as clearly and concisely as possible your intellectual interests, your preparation for the program (i.e., how have your previous educational and/or professional experiences given you skills and tools to succeed in our graduate program?), and your career goals or avocational interest in pursuing the certificate.

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Tracy Neumann, history graduate director

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