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The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Chinese Studies. This certificate is intended for U-M graduate-level students in LSA departments and professional schools, as well as students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan or another university within the past 5 years. The goal of the certificate is to provide a program of study grounded in in-depth interdisciplinary understandings of China to graduate students whose academic and career trajectories require China-focused knowledge and training.

Application Procedure Applicants will need the following information to complete their application:

  • Program of Application: Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies
  • Numeric code: 01943
  • Plan: 0370CGR
  • Program Level: Certificate

Application deadline is February 1 for fall term and November 1 for winter term.

Students in any Rackham program must submit:

  • Rackham’s online Dual Admission Application and fee 
  • Pre-Approval Form for Dual Admission, signed by the current graduate program and uploaded into Dual Admission Application
  • Current U-M transcript
  • Statement of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the certificate program and his or her background in Chinese studies
  • Two letters of recommendation
  •  Language report

Students enrolled in a U-M master’s program (including embedded master’s degrees earned within a PhD program) need to be aware of double counting limits. Please connect with an advisor for more information. Completion of the graduation requirements for both programs will result in two separate citations on the academic transcript and two separate diplomas.

Students in any non-Rackham or non-U-M schools must submit:

  • Rackham application and fee
  • Official transcript from all universities attended
  • Statement of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the certificate program and his or her background in Chinese studies
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Language report (part of Rackham application)
  • GRE or GMAT, LSAT, MCAT scores for applicants from Professional Schools
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants

Course Requirements

  • Social Scientific Studies of Historical and Contemporary China (3 credits)
  • Humanistic Studies of Historical and Contemporary China (3 credits)
  • Electives: The remaining 9 credit hours consist of 3 China-related graduate level courses, taken in at least three departments or schools (including CCS).
  • Language requirements: A basic level of proficiency in the Chinese language is required for completion of the Certificate. This can be demonstrated through successful coursework (second year competency) or by a proficiency exam.


Graduate Certificate students are encouraged to meet with the CCS Academic Advisor at least once per year to evaluate progress toward the certificate. It it also important that the student's home department or school is aware of his/her intent to pursue a certificate in CCS. The student will be personally responsible for letting the departmental advisor know of such intent. Schedule an advising appointment HERE.  


Graduate Certificate students are eligible to apply for funding during the annual LRCCS Fellowship Competition. The application deadline is February 1.

For more information:

Contact the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Student Services Coordinator at 734.764.6308 or