Graduate Certificate in Global Medieval Studies

Application due date: September 22, 2021

The Graduate Certificate in Global Medieval Studies reflects new established paradigms in research. For many years, humanistic and social science research focused on temporal connectivity, that is, continuity through time (linearity, genealogy, teleology).  In the last two decades, research focusing on spatial connectivities has led to the development of transnational, global, and connected-history approaches.

The Graduate Certificate program in Global Medieval Studies applies a new “global” research model. It takes up the challenge of regional world systems, that is, of the plurality of early worlds. It provides transdisciplinary training based on exchange of methodologies and epistemologies, rather than in the narrative of spatial and/or temporal connectivities. It brings to bear the lessons of comparative history on the knowledge we gain by putting unconnected and weakly connected worlds into dialogue. What are methodologically either cognitive dissonances or concordances are epistemologically a range of shared and global phenomena in an unconnected world. In other words, methodology and comparison connect distinct areas of the globe. Connected methodologies enable a transperiodic (non-continuous) and transspatial (non-contiguous) study of early worlds. The certificate program offers students educational opportunities to explore and apply this new research perspective.

The Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies is administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and housed in the Department of Comparative Literature.


All incoming or current UCLA graduate students who are pursuing an MA or PhD in some aspect of medieval studies are eligible to apply for this certificate program.

Application Process:

Admission to the certificate program is competitive. Applications are reviewed once a year. The next application deadline is September 22, 2021.

Applications should be submitted to Please use “Medieval Studies Certificate Application” for the subject.

Applicants should submit (PDF format preferred):

  • A personal statement (one page, single-spaced) describing your qualifications for and interests in this certificate program.
  • One letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or department chair. This letter should be emailed by the recommender directly to the address below.
  • A copy of your current transcript. If the fall quarter is your first academic term at UCLA, please submit a transcript from the last university you attended.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Burgess, CMRS Assistant Director

Certificate Completion Requirements

  1. Successful completion (“B” or better) of four 200-level classes from the current list of approved classes, as follows:
  • One LAMAR (“Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance”) methodology course (usually in Fall)
  • One course within your primary research area or home department
  • Two courses outside your primary research area or home department
  1. Write an interdisciplinary medieval studies paper (maximum 5,000 words) under the guidance of a CMRS faculty member, and present it at a CMRS Works-in-Progress session.
  2. Attend three different CMRS lectures or conferences (two of which should be outside of your primary area of study) and submit a 500-word response paper for each.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m not currently in the certificate program, but I’ve already taken some of the seminars on the pre-approved list. If I am accepted into the certificate program, can the seminars I’ve already taken be retroactively counted towards my requirement?

No. Only classes taken after you are accepted into the certificate program will count toward the certificate requirements.

  • I found a 200-level graduate seminar that I think would be perfect for the certificate program, but it’s not on the pre-approved list. Can I petition to have it included on the list?

Yes. You may petition to have a 200-level, 4.0 unit graduate seminar considered for the pre-approved list. You must contact Karen Burgess well BEFORE the seminar the class is being offered, as the committee will not approve a class after it has begun. Provide as much information about the class as possible, including a syllabus, if available. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a decision. You will be notified via e-mail of the committee’s decision, and if approved, the seminar will be added to the pre-approved list posted on this website.

  • A seminar on the pre-approved list is offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or letter grade. Do I have to take the seminar for a letter grade?

Yes. In order for seminars to count towards certificate program requirements, they must be 200-level, 4.0 unit seminars taken for a letter grade.

  • I attended a conference hosted by CMRS and I would like to count it towards my certificate requirements. How do I do this?

Written responses to the event you attended should be submitted to Karen Burgess at within one week of attending the program. Responses should include your name; the name, date, and location of the program; and a brief (500 words) description of the program, including why you attended and how it is connected to your own research. If you are unsure if attendance at and a response to a particular lecture, conference, or other event will be counted towards your certificate requirement, please contact Karen Burgess well in advance.