Requirements for the certificate consist of
- two core courses (GEMS 72100: Introduction to Global Early Modern Studies and GEMS 82100: Topics in Material History),
- two elective courses outside the student’s home discipline (may include special topics courses in the Certificate Program);
- reading proficiency in Latin, which can upon appeal to the GEMS Advisory Committee be substituted with another language related to the student's research;
- and a thesis, which need not be in the area of Global Early Modern Studies.
Several participating Ph.D. programs accept the two core courses toward their own requirements.
Students are welcome to take GEMS courses even if they are not completing a certificate.
Upon fulfillment of the requirements the Certificate Program in Global Early Modern Studies, a Certificate in Global Early Modern Studies is awarded by the state of New York.