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Graduate Certificate

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate Program in Southeast Asian Studies. This certificate is intended for U-M graduate-level students in LSA 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 Southeast Asia to graduate students whose academic and career trajectories require area-focused knowledge and training.


At least fifteen credit hours of approved graduate-level courses: Up to six of the fifteen credit hours may include courses that are also used to satisfy some requirement for the student’s graduate or professional degree. Up to four of the fifteen credit hours may consist of graduate-level language instruction.

The following are the course requirements:
  • SEAS 501, Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (3 credits)
  • Electives: The remaining 12 credit hours consist of 4 graduate level courses, taken in at least three departments or schools (including the student’s home department and SEAS). Only Rackham courses may be used to meet Certificate requirements.
Language requirements:

A basic level of proficiency in a Southeast Asia language is required for completion of the Certificate. This can be demonstrated through successful coursework (first year competency) or by a proficiency exam.

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