Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program will be accepting applications in Winter 2012. See Admissions instructions below. **Submission deadline is Friday, April 6.**

The STS Graduate Certificate Program is designed for students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan (including LS&A departments and most professional schools).

The 15-credit certificate program helps students to:

  • Understand the social dynamics of science, technology, and medicine
  • Explore these dynamics across world societies and cultures
  • Develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class in science, technology, and medicine
  • Employ STS approaches as scholars or practitioners (e.g., engineers or scientists)

Course of Study (15 credit hours)

  • The core STS Graduate Seminar, History 619/SI719/Rackham 619, Knowledge/Power/Practice in Science, Technology, and Medicine, is required. Offered every other year (next: Winter 2013). 3 credits.
  • Three electives chosen from the list of pre-approved STS Certificate courses. Substitution of courses not on the list requires approval of the Graduate Committee. (Credit varies; must total at least 9).
  • Three semesters of attendance at the STeMS Faculty/Graduate Colloqium Series. Students attend biweekly seminars and meet as a group once or twice during the semester. 3 credits (1 credit per semester; enroll in Rackham 571).

Courses must be taken in at least three different departments or schools (which may include the student’s home department or school). Up to six of the fifteen credit hours may include courses that are required for the student’s graduate or professional degree. The STS Graduate Committee, in consultation with its Science Advisory Committee, may require additional coursework or other preparation.

View current STS Certificate students, sample study plans and general information about graduate certificates.


Any student admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a UM graduate program is eligible to apply for an STS Graduate Certificate. Applicants need at least a B average in their graduate or (for entering students) undergraduate coursework. Applications are typically due by March and October for admission in the following semester.

To apply, submit an application form along with the required supporting documents (letter of interest, most recent transcript, and one letter of reference). We prefer that letters be submitted as electronic files; please send them to the STS program administrator <>.

For further information: email umsts at or sts.graduate.advisor at (John Carson, Department of History).

Other resources: Additional STS Programs | Historical Health Films | Science Studies Dissertation Reviews | Society for Social Studies of Science