Graduate Certificates

Combine your M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Graduate Certificate in the area of your choice.

  • Combining your Master’s Degree with a graduate certificate offers you both a breadth of academic knowledge with targeted expertise in a specialized subject.
  • Your coursework from your certificate should all count towards your Master’s Degree.
  • Your IDST/MALS Capstone Project can serve as a portfolio piece featuring the skills that you’ve developed while pursuing your graduate certificate.

Certificate in Africana Studies (AFRS)

The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is designed for students interested in the global African and African Diaspora experience, with emphasis on history, culture, and social policy. The program provides advanced credential of analytical knowledge and skills in any area of Africana Studies. The certificate can be earned either as a freestanding course of study or in conjunction with master’s or doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects, especially in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Education, and Health Sciences. The graduate certificate curriculum is interdisciplinary and courses offered will provide students with advanced knowledge of the intersecting issues of race, identity, culture and aesthetics, history, globalization, development, and social policy.

Certificate of Gerontology (GRNT)

The Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology was designed to provide supplementary graduate education in Gerontology for those who already have a graduate degree in another field, those completing a graduate degree in another field who are interested in working with older adults, or post-bac students as a stand-alone option. The certificate program requires the completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate-level coursework related to the study of aging and older adults. The program can be completed in 12 months taking two courses each semester. There is an optional add-on 150 hour practicum for those who desire this experience.

Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST)

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies can be earned in conjunction with Master’s or Doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects. The certificate can also be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate degree. The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies exposes students from a variety of disciplines to the core theories and approaches used in studies of women, gender (which includes masculinity), feminism, and sexuality.

Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing (ENGL)

If you have an interest in the intersections between writing and technology, you can work toward a Graduate Certificate in Technical/Professional Writing. You must already possess an undergraduate degree in any field of study. Most students entering the program complete the 21-credit hour certificate in two years or less.