Genealogy Studies Program

Genealogy Studies

Genealogical Principles Course

Length of course: 7 weeks
Next session begins: January 16, 2024

Ideal for enthusiasts seeking to hone their research skills, this course is also an excellent first step toward our certificate program.

  • Define terms and understand best practices
  • Use public records and optimize searches
  • Follow the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • 10-16 hours per week


Genealogy Practicum Course — NEW!

Length of course: 7 weeks
Next session begins: March 12, 2024

Learn essential skills and gain hands-on research experience creating important genealogical work products, such as research plans, logs, compiled genealogies, proof discussions, and research reports.

  • Develop key genealogical work products
  • Hone skills in organizing familial relationships and documenting kinship
  • Prepare proof discussions and quality research reports
  • 12-14 hours per week


Certificate in Genealogical Research

Length of course: 15 weeks
Next session begins: January 16, 2024

Whether you are an experienced amateur, a budding professional, or an expert working toward BCG® certification, this rigorous program will help you take your genealogical work to the next level. The Certificate in Genealogical Research course is Boston University’s flagship course, which has been running since 2009 and is frequently updated to respond to new trends, sources, and methods within the genealogy field. Newly updated in 2023, the latest version of the course incorporates additional coursework on using DNA as a genealogical source, updated genealogy standards within the field, and additional forensic genealogy course content.

  • Increase the professionalism of your research
  • Be more effective in analysis and correlation
  • Deliver accurate findings in a professional manner
  • 20-30 hours per week


Boston University’s genealogy courses are asynchronous, meaning classes do not meet at a scheduled time. Rather, you will learn and access course materials on your own schedule, while maintaining the pace of the course, offering you greater learning flexibility.

Combine the convenience of online learning with expert instruction to help you gain skills to set you apart in this growing field. Work with noted Boston University instructors, including Certified Genealogists and practicing professionals in the genealogy field.

Our online courses offer:

  • Flexible online format that lets you learn from any location
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Opportunities to meet peers and expand your professional network
  • Affordable pricing and payment options

View the recorded webinar with Program Director and professional genealogist, Melissa Johnson, CG as she answers questions from the live audience pertaining to BU’s online courses and shares tips on practicing genealogy research at home.

To learn more, contact an Enrollment Advisor at 617-502-8822 or complete the form below.

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