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Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate Program in South Asian Studies

CSAS offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate in South Asian Studies (SAS). This certificate is intended for U-M graduate students in LSA departments and 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.

Requirements

  • Minimum Credit Requirement. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate-level work in SAS-approved courses.

  • Course Distribution. Courses must be distributed in at least two disciplines, such as art, anthropology, history, literature, music, political science, religion, or sociology.  Language is not considered a discipline for this requirement.

  • Proseminar in South Asian Studies. SAS 501, which is typically offered each fall (3 credits).

  • Language Proficiency. Students must attain at least first-year proficiency in a SA language (equivalent to two terms at U-M). The language requirement may be fulfilled by coursework or by demonstrating competency via a placement exam. Up to four credits earned in advanced language courses (400-level or above) may be counted toward the minimum credit requirement.

Advising

Graduate Certificate students should meet with the SAS Advisor at least once per year to evaluate progress toward the certificate.

Request  an advising appointment.

Application Procedure

All students interested in a certificate in South Asian Studies must meet with an academic services coordinator prior to submitting an electronic application.  Students must complete at least one term in their current U-M graduate/professional degree program before applying.

For more information, schedule an advising appointment or email ii-gradadvising@umich.edu.

Current Rackham Students: A Rackham student must complete at least one term of study before applying for the Graduate Certificate in SAS. Applications must be received by January 15 for winter term, May 15 for spring/summer, or September 15 for fall term.

Students in any Rackham program must submit:

  • Add a Degree or Certificate Program Application (includes CV upload)

  • CSAS encourages the submission of transcripts from other postsecondary institutions at which you have completed relevant language and area studies courses, such as study abroad programs, junior colleges, and summer sessions. Transcripts may be submitted electronically at ii-gradadvsing@umich.edu or mailed to:

International Institute  Graduate Academic Services
ATTN: CSAS Transcripts
Suite 300, Weiser Hall
500 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1042

  • Statement of purpose, which should outline why the applicant wishes to receive a certificate, and how it fits with his or her academic/professional plans and goals.

Non-Rackham Applicants: Students must complete at least one term of study in their current U-M graduate/professional program before applying to the Graduate Certificate program. Application deadlines: March 31 for fall term and October 15 for winter term.

Applicants not enrolled in a Rackham graduate program must submit:

  • Rackham application and fee

  • Official transcripts from all universities from which you received a degree

  • CSAS encourages the submission of transcripts from other postsecondary institutions at which you have completed relevant language and area studies courses, such as study abroad programs, junior colleges, and summer sessions. Transcripts may be submitted electronically to ii-gradadvsing@umich.edu or mailed to:

    International Institute Graduate Academic Services
    ATTN: CSAS Transcripts
    Suite 300, Weiser Hall
    500 Church Street
    Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1042

  • Statement of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the Certificate Program and his or her background in South Asian studies

  • GRE scores (GMAT and LSAT scores accepted for applicants from professional schools)

  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers of English.

It is also important that the student's home department or school is aware of his/her intent to pursue a certificate in SAS. The student will be personally responsible for letting the departmental advisor know of such intent, and the application will need to be approved by the home department.

Funding

In addition to the funding opportunities in a student's home unit, students in the Graduate Certificate program in SAS may be eligible for summer and academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

Additionally, students are encouraged to investigate the fellowships and grants offered by the International Institute.

For more information, schedule an advising appointment or email ii-gradadvising@umich.edu.