Requirements for the certificate consist of
- two core courses (RSCP 72100: Introduction to Renaissance Studies and RSCP 82100: Research Techniques in Renaissance Studies),
- 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 RSCP Advisory Committee be substituted with another language related to the student's research;
- and a dissertation, which need not be in the area of Renaissance 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.