The graduate certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ca. 500-1700) offers valuable training to students who specialize in Medieval, Early Modern, or Medieval & Early Modern fields.  The program integrates important methodologies (in archival research, book history, digital humanities, for example) and a broad spectrum of specialized content. The aim is to enrich the interdisciplinary training of graduate students and foster an intellectual community of students and faculty supporting education and research. We offer a variety of courses from which students tailor electives to best enhance their degree program.  This can be especially valuable for doctoral students as humanities faculty positions in early periods ask increasingly for competence across fields, especially in contingent periods.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

For information on admission to a graduate certificate program at KU, see the policy on Admission to Graduate Study.  Applications may be submitted at

The Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies requires the completion of 12 credits of coursework in the student’s area of research interest chosen from the list of approved courses available on the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website.  The choices must be approved by a Medieval Studies advisor in advance.