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Graduate Certificate

What you study

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in History provides graduate-level instruction in the field of history.

Gain a depth of knowledge in a variety of historical subjects, practice historical interpretation, think critically, employ research and analysis methods, and communicate concepts and ideas with precision and clarity.

How you benefit

Develop skills including: 

  • Effective oral and written historical communication skills. 
  • The ability to perform research.
  • The ability to construct original historical arguments.
  • The ability to effectively teach dual-credit history courses.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.

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Download a printable PDF summary of all our graduate programs for teachers.

The Graduate Certificate in History is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in history to hold either a master's degree in history or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program. 

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in History prepares you for such careers as:

  • Dual-credit teacher/instructor  
  • Historical program director, or historical research associate
  • Historic interpreter
  • County historian
  • Museum docent
  • Exhibitions curator

To earn the Graduate Certificate in History, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (3 credit hours) 
  • Electives (15 credit hours)

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree 
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15

Andrew McFarland, Program Director

Andrew McFarland

Andrew McFarland, program director for the BA in History, is chair of history, political science, and philosophy, and associate professor of history at IU Kokomo. He earned a PhD in Modern European History from the University of Texas at Austin. His specialties include modern Spanish and European history, and his research focuses on the development of physical education, sport, and soccer in early 20th-century Spain. Among courses taught are Western Civilization, Global History of Modern Sport, Russian Revolution and Soviet Union, Europe in the Twentieth Century, taught with the works of George Orwell, and History of Latin America.


Sample courses for the Graduate Certificate in History include the following:

HIST-T 510Historical Methodology3 Credits
HIST-T 520Teaching College History3 Credits
HIST-T 560US and the World - Comparative History3 Credits
HIST-T 590Historical Seminar3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00

-Additional fees will apply.

-This program is not eligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00
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