Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in African Studies 

The graduate certificate in African Studies is awarded to students at the graduate level at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to certify advanced training in African Studies. It is awarded by the African Studies Program and the Graduate School.


  • Complete at least 12 credits of African Studies Program core courses or extended core courses taught by an African Studies Program faculty member (level 300 or higher), including at least nine outside your major department
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Fulfill the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Complete at least one graduate level seminar in African Studies with a grade of AB or better. It may be in your major field.

To declare a master’s certificate, begin by meeting with an African Studies Program advisor. To make an appointment, schedule a meeting with Aleia McCord at

Eligible students will submit the application form for the graduate certificate in African Studies and obtain the approval and signature of major professor. After completing the requirements for the graduate certificate in African Studies, the African Studies Program director or designate will inform your major department that you have earned the Certificate.

Additional terms

  • Include no more than three credits of directed reading and research or independent reading (699, 999). No thesis/dissertation credits (990) may be included.
  • Only one course in a single language may count toward the certificate, but two languages courses count if they are in different African languages.
  • NOTE: All African Languages and Literature courses may count toward the graduate certificate within the limits set by the distribution requirements described above.

What grade point average is required for successful completion of the master’s certificate?

A 3.0 Grade Point Average is required for all courses submitted for the minor.

Can I use credits from previous universities towards a master’s certificate?

Courses from other universities which were taken for graduate credit may count toward the minor with approval of the African Studies Program.  Normally, only two of the required four courses or seminars may come from outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Exceptions may be proposed by petition.

Can I use credits taken as an undergraduate towards a master’s certificate?

Courses taken while the candidate was an undergraduate student are not eligible for credit toward the Ph.D. minor, including courses with graduate level numbers.