The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers seven certificate programs designed to deepen or broaden your graduate education and allow you to create a unique path of study, inspired by your individual interests. Typically, no additional coursework is required because courses completed for the certificate program usually also fulfill course requirements toward the student’s degree program.
Students in a Boston University graduate or professional program who fulfill the requirements for completion as outlined by the department, in addition to the requirements of their degree programs, can earn a graduate certificate in one of the following concentrations.
The Graduate Certificate in African Studies, offered through the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, provides specialized training and research experience in African studies to advanced students interested in fields such as law, management, international relations, communication, education, fine arts, medicine, and public health. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/academics/graduate/africanstudies/.
The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies, offered through the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, helps students to gain a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-national understanding of Asia. Students, in consultation with their departments, can take a full range of Asian Studies and language courses across the disciplines. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/asian/academics/graduate/gradcert/.
The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Biogeoscience, available to qualifying Ph.D. students, emphasizes interdisciplinary research and coursework, focusing on the biogeochemistry and biogeophysics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, with faculty and students drawn from the Departments of Biology, Earth & Environment, and Archaeology. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/bio-geo/ph-d-certificate-program/
The Department of History of Art & Architecture offers a Certificate in Museum Studies to students enrolled in appropriate master’s or doctoral programs at Boston University. This certificate is usually completed in conjunction with the MA in History of Art & Architecture; however, the certificate program in museum studies is also open to students enrolled in cognate BU graduate degree programs. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/ah/graduate-program/museum-studies/
Teaching Language, Literature & Film
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Language, Literature & Film prepares doctoral students to teach French or Spanish language at all levels, and literature and film at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through both pedagogical courses and in-class experience. Doctoral students who complete the certificate receive extensive mentored guidance, pedagogical instruction, professional training, and teaching experience, which gives them an expertise valued in language and literature programs. For more information, please visit https://www.bu.edu/academics/grs/programs/graduate-certificate-in-teaching-language-literature-film/
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing prepares doctoral students to teach writing-intensive seminars at the undergraduate level. Doctoral students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing program receive extensive mentored training and teaching experience, giving them an expertise that is valued across a range of fields. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/writingprogram/about/fellowships-and-employment/graduate-writing-fellowships/graduate-certificate/
Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
The Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS) prepares students enrolled in graduate programs across the University to conduct research and develop innovative courses in the vibrant, interdisciplinary fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/wgs/graduate-certificate/