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History, Graduate Certificate

Develop critical thinking and research skills with the IU Online Graduate Certificate in History. This 100 percent online program teaches you to communicate historical concepts and ideas with precision and clarity.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 18

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in History teaches you the skills to perform historical research, construct original arguments, and teach dual-credit history courses. You’ll also gain flexible critical thinking and analytical skills that can prepare you for an even wider range of careers.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.


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

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

The Graduate Certificate in History is ideal for high school and community college educators wanting to teach dual-credit courses, or for high school educators wanting to teach at the community college level. This program is designed to help you meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers/instructors to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in another discipline, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in History.
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online M.A. in History, you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in History toward the master's degree.

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)

Core Classes for the Graduate Certificate in History
Course Number Course Name Credits
HIST-T 510 Historical Methodology 3 Credits
HIST-T 520 Teaching College History 3 Credits
HIST-T 560 US and the World - Comparative History 3 Credits
HIST-T 590 Historical Seminar 3 Credits

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