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Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in history offers training to students for careers as educators, researchers, and professionals in fields that value primary-source research, writing, and critical analysis of the past and present. Students gain expertise in historiography and historical methods; engage with, interpret and evaluate historical evidence as well as theoretical, conceptual, and ideological perspectives; and learn disciplined reading, writing, research, and oral communication skills essential to the independent and collaborative tasks desired in varied professional and community settings. The certificate offers a credential to secondary teachers and others who are seeking a course-based program and who are not yet certain whether they want to complete a thesis-based MA program. The certificate serves as an option for students who do not yet meet admission requirements for the MA program. The certificate also offers a credential for students enrolled in the MA program who complete all coursework but are unable to (or decide not to) complete their thesis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements for a graduate certificate as stated in Graduate General Regulation 1.3.4 in the SFU Calendar.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires successful completion of 20 units of course work.

Students complete

and three graduate History courses

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program in four terms.

Transfer to MA Program

Students in the certificate program who successfully complete three courses (15 units) may transfer to the MA program in history, conditional on identifying a supervisory committee and approval from the Graduate Program Committee.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.