Degree Programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy

Graduate Certificate in History-Online Collaborative

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in History provides graduate-level instruction to students interested in obtaining advanced skills and knowledge in this area. 

As a student in this certificate program, you 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. 

Upon successful completion of the program, you will have:  

  • 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. 

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

Of Special Interest for Teachers/Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Dual-Credit Standards 

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. 

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

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

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

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.  

Certificate Requirements 

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) 

 See courses that are being offered this semester. 


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 

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states 

To apply to this program: 

Complete an online application that includes: 

  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program 


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

  • HIST-T 510 Historical Methodology (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 520 Teaching College History (3 cr.) 
  • HIST-T 560 US and the World – Comparative History (3 cr.) 
  • HIST-T 590 Historical Seminar (3 cr.) 

Tuition & Fees 

Cost for Indiana Residents  
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $320.00 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $960.00 
Cost for Out of State Residents  
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $450.00 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $1350.00 
Note: Additional fees will apply. 

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