Online Executive Certificate In History
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Build on Your Knowledge of the Past with Liberty’s Online Executive Certificate in History

Do you want to dig deeper into history scholarship but are not ready to start a PhD program? Liberty University’s 100% online Executive Certificate in History allows you to study history at the doctoral level while giving you the opportunity to complete a PhD later.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Historians (viewed online August 25, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers (viewed online August 25, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Our executive certificate programs are designed to align with Liberty’s PhD programs. This format allows you to transfer the 21 credit hours from the Executive Certificate in History into the PhD in History. You can build on your graduate studies in history, gain a new area of study, or even work toward requirements for teaching licensure.

Career Opportunities for Executive Certificate in History Graduates

Our Executive Certificate in History can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Historian
  • Historical writer and commentator
  • History teacher
  • Museum curator
  • University professor

The skills you gain in historical analysis and methodology can help you in your current role at your organization or prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Another benefit of Liberty’s Executive Certificates is that you can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding PhD programs. You will be able to transfer all 21 credits into our PhD in History program. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an Executive Certificate from Liberty University.

Military Tuition Discount

If you have served in the military, we want to go above and beyond to show you our gratitude. That’s why we designed our 21-credit-hour certificates to work especially well for you. Earning an Executive Certificate makes you eligible for our military alumni doctoral discount — you’ll receive the discounted $300/credit hour military rate both during the certificate and later during a doctoral degree.* Many of our certificates roll directly into a corresponding doctoral degree, allowing you to get a jumpstart on your doctorate!

If your plans to earn a doctoral degree lie further in the future, each certificate also stands on its own as a professional development credential, setting you apart from your peers and giving you the flexibility to start a doctoral degree whenever you’re ready. It’s one more way we show our appreciation.

*In order to retain the $300/credit hour rate, the doctoral degree must be started within 2 years of completing the Executive Certificate.

Why Choose Liberty’s Executive Certificate in History?

Liberty University’s online Executive Certificate in History is the best path forward if you want to engage in doctoral-level studies in history but are not prepared to pursue a full PhD program. With 21 credit hours in advanced history studies, you will build on your master’s-level academic studies and earn a certificate credential that can open new doors for your career. With the ability to earn your executive certificate in as little as 4 semesters, you can transfer credits into our PhD in History and be well on your way to earning your PhD within a 3-year total time frame.

At Liberty, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. That means each of your professors will provide a balanced approach to historical context – rooted in a biblical worldview. Your professors are professionals who have doctoral degrees in history or a related field and have experience engaging in sound scholarship.

Each course in our Executive Certificate in History is 100% online, 8-weeks in length, with no set login times. This flexibility allows you to pursue your certificate while maintaining your commitments to your family, career, and community.

What Will You Learn in Our Executive Certificate in History?

When you pursue our Executive Certificate in History, you’ll learn historical concepts and how to educate others from an ethical and historically sound perspective. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to do the following:

  • Apply a Christian worldview to the study of history
  • Apply historical methodology to professional settings
  • Conduct original research that is based on current knowledge in the field
  • Evaluate historiographic positions, like scholarly literature and interpretations, at the doctoral level
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Highlights of Our Executive Certificate in History

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Executive Certificate in History from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty’s state-of-the-art digital resources and full-time research assistants will provide you with everything you need to engage in top-tier scholarly research.
  • This program is offered in an 8-week course format with 8 different start dates each year and no set login times!

Executive Certificate in History

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Military Benefits for Our Online Executive Certificates

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $300 per credit hour for postgraduate courses
  • Roll these credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Please note: The $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.

Admission Requirements for the Executive Certificate in History

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree in history or a related field** with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee***
  • Official college transcripts indicating successful completion of a doctorate or master’s in history or a related field**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

**Examples include but are not limited to: public or applied history, social sciences, political science, philosophy, government, international relations, geography, English, theology, church history, economics, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), museum studies, and library sciences.

***There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.