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Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate Program in South Asian Studies

The Center for South Asian Studies offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate Program in South Asian Studies (SAS). This certificate is intended for U-M graduate-level students in LS&A departments and U-M professional schools. The goal of the certificate is to provide a program of study grounded in in-depth interdisciplinary understandings of South Asia to graduate students whose academic and career trajectories require area-focused knowledge and training.

Certificate Course Requirements: 

1. At least 15 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work on South Asia (generally 5 courses). These courses must meet the following criteria:

  • The courses must be in at least two different departments or schools
  • One of these courses must be the interdisciplinary course SAS 501, or an approved alternate if that is not being offered in a given year
  • Up to 6 credits may include courses required for your graduate or professional degree
  • Up to four of the fifteen credits may consist of graduate-level language instruction

2. First year competency in a South Asia Language, by course or proficiency exam

3. Students already enrolled in a Rackham or non-Rackham graduate degree program must complete at least one term before applying

4. All credits must be completed on the home campus, i.e., the campus on which the degree program is administered

Graduate Certificate Requirements and Application Procedure PDF.

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How to Apply

Interested Students should submit the following to the center:

  1. The Rackham Dual Degree Application
  2. A statement of purpose that explains the student’s interest in the Program
  3. An official current transcript
  4. A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor. This letter should both endorse the decision to do the certificate and outline how it will complement the student’s advancement toward their degree