Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are organized sequences of courses designed to give students a level of systematic expertise in a field. Some certificate programs are offered by programs that also offer another degree, such as an MA or a PhD, while others are offered by programs or centers that do not offer any other graduate degrees.

  • Bioethics: The Certificate in Bioethics is designed to give doctoral students a structured curriculum in bioethics, culminating with a practicum at Grady Health System, the CDC, Emory Healthcare, or other health care partner. Students will also have the opportunity to teach or co-teach a class in bioethics, which will serve as a credential that certifies their research and teaching capacities in this field.
  • Comparative Literature: allows students to combine their disciplinary studies with literary and theoretical issues in Comparative Literature.
  • Digital Scholarship and Media Studies: In research institutions across the world, advanced technologies, computer hardware, software, and networks are significantly affecting the nature of scholarly exchange and collaboration. Emory’s four-course DSMS certificate program offers graduate students in the humanities and social sciences a way to enhance their knowledge, teaching skills, and career prospects in digital scholarship. Additional information is on the ILA website.
  • EnglishThe Graduate Certificate in English is designed for Ph.D. students from other departments who wish to integrate English, American, and/or other Anglophone literatures into their graduate studies. In order to qualify for this certificate, students must declare their interest before their Ph.D. Exams by registering with the English Graduate Coordinator
  • Film Studies: available to students in PhD programs that sponsor students interested in film (these include Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French, the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA), Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). The certificate is designed to extend graduate students' range of knowledge of the twentieth century's most influential art form.  (Film Studies also offers an MA)
  • French: The certificate in French is designed to give students from all disciplines a firm grounding in the French/Francophone literary tradition. It also enables them to develop linguistic skills for work on French-speaking material from Europe, the Americas,Africa, the Middle East, or Asia and may increase their chances of obtaining an academic job with a strong French/Francophone linguistic, cultural, or pedagogical dimension. 
  • Human Rights: combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied programs of our professional partners, including CARE USA, The Carter Center, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.
  • Injury & Violence Prevention: The Certificate in Injury & Violence Prevention is designed to give doctoral students a foundation in theoretical and epidemiologic concepts of injury prevention and control and a platform for which to examine the causes, consequencesand prevention strategies used in our society. Combining multidisciplinary coursework,research, practical experience, and access to a vast injury prevention network, thiscertificate will broaden students’ perspective on a complex issue while preparing them tobecome leaders of injury prevention within their chosen discipline.
  • Jewish Studies: available to PhD students in any program who wish to certify a specialization in Jewish Studies. The certificate program is designed to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary perspectives, expanded mentoring relationships and certification of academic specialization in Jewish Studies.
  • Medieval Studies: PhD students currently registered as candidates include students in Art History, English, French, History, and Spanish.
  • Mind, Brain and Culture: provides an opportunity for students to engage in a cross-disciplinary training experience to broaden their knowledge of and experience with concepts, theories, and methods pertaining to the study of mind, brain, and culture from fields outside their own.  Students from any doctoral program interested in issues associated with mind, brain, culture or their intersections are eligible to pursue this certificate.
  • Psychoanalytic Studies: designed to give students a thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis across a range of disciplines.  The PSP deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice. It is not a clinical training program.
  • Spanish: offered to students in other graduate programs in the Laney Graduate School.
  • Translational Science: offers a multidisciplinary program that gives PhD students in the biomedical sciences the expertise and experience to translate fundamental biomedical scientific discoveries into treatments that will benefit human health.
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: designed for doctoral students in other programs.  Graduate students must obtain consent from their advisor before beginning the program, which constitutes the equivalent of one of the student’s fields for the doctorate.