Graduate Certificates

Combine your Master's in Liberal 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 can count six hours of academic credit from your certificate toward your MALS degree.
  • Your MALS Capstone Project canserve 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 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.