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Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies

The deadline to apply to participate in the next cohort, beginning the program in January 2024, is October 23, 2023.

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The Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies (GCWPS) provides students an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of Graduate Fellows, interested in performance as an artistic and scholarly field of inquiry.

The GCWPS requires 9 credit hours of coursework over the span of twelve months. Of these, 6 credits will be earned in two required courses: TheatreMus 647.001 “Introduction to Performance Studies” in the winter semester (3 credits), and RACKHAM 570.005 “Proseminar and Presentation of Capstone Project” in the fall semester (3 credits). The remaining 3 credits will be a course taken by students in their home unit and double-counted, in consultation with a unit chair or advisor, towards the certificate program within Rackham guidelines. Graduate Fellows are awarded a $3500 stipend for a summer research project, internship or practicum, to take place in the summer.


Students interested in the GCWPS are invited to schedule an advising appointment with a CWPS Academic Advisor, by emailing: It is also important that the student's home department or school is aware of his/her intent to pursue a certificate in World Performance Studies. Once enrolled, students will work with a CWPS Graduate Student Advisor in planning a course of study.

Please note that for 9 credit hour certificates, double-counting is restricted to a maximum of 3 hours. Double-counting is not permitted between two certificate programs. Double-counting is not permitted if the student is pursuing a dual master’s degree—in that situation, all credits for the certificate must stand alone.

Students generally finish the GCWPS before completion of their primary degree; when applying for Graduation, they must submit the Dual/Joint Degree Election form.