European History

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in European History explores the rich antiquities of the medieval church, the rise of the Papacy, and the Renaissance. This online program also surveys the growth of humanism, prominent city-states, the monarchies of the Holy Roman Empire, religious wars, and the Catholic Reformation. By examining the early European history, you will discover how these fascinating events shaped the economies, industries, and cultures of the modern world. Special emphasis is placed on the economies, industries, societies, and culture of the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, and Germany during World War II.

Many university faculty members teaching our courses are published historians or military leaders who bring unique perspectives and relevant research into the classroom. You’ll also connect and interact online with other students who share your enthusiasm for history.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today's marketplace. Course topics include:

  • World history theories, trends, and concepts
  • Enlightenment history and the French Revolution
  • European thinkers and society in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Liberalism, imperialism, fascism, socialism, and communism
  • Medieval church, Papacy, and Renaissance
  • The growth of humanism, city-states, and monarchies of the Holy Roman Empire
  • Enlightenment in Europe from the death of Louis XIV to the fall of Napoleon
  • World War I and World War II

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain and assess the medieval church and rise of the Renaissance papacy; growth of humanism, city-states and monarchies of the Holy Roman Empire; religious upheavals; and the Catholic Reformation.
  • Distinguish the major social, political and cultural changes of the Enlightenment in Europe from the death of Louis XIV to the fall of Napoleon.
  • Discern the origins of World War I in Europe and assess the combatants, strategy and tactics, technological innovation; war in France; war at sea; the peace settlement; and the occupation.
  • Compare and contrast the economies, industry, society and culture of the United States, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany during World War II.
  • Assess modern European history since the Congress of Vienna to include social, economic, cultural and political experiences common to Europe; developments sharply differentiated from those in most other parts of the world.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.