Graduate Study in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Our graduate certificate program allows students in MA/PhD programs to enhance their disciplinary studies with a concentration in gender studies.
The graduate certificate in women, gender, and sexuality studies requires the completion of five courses, at least two of which must be drawn from 400-level or above home-based WGSS courses. The additional three required courses must be drawn from a 400-level or above home-based or cross-listed WGSS course or from other, Department-approved, gender-based courses (see the Director for approval). Since a certificate requires three courses beyond those required for a student's home degree, participation in the certificate may require an extra semester of graduate classes. Those not interested in a certificate, but wanting to concentrate on gender within their disciplines to enhance their credentials and enrich their training may do so by pursuing a graduate minor according to the policies of their individual departments. Other students might participate in WGSS courses without commitment to a concentration.
How to Apply
Graduate students interested in the graduate certificate should first apply for admission to the Washington University department in which they wish to obtain an advanced degree. After being admitted, each student should notify his/her department advisor and the WGSS program director of plans to obtain the WGSS certificate. In addition, students should submit an "Application for Admission to Certificate Program" form to the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts and Sciences, with a copy to the WGSS office. The earlier we know who you are, the earlier we can include you in mailings about program activities, lectures, conferences, and other events. Certificate application forms are available at https://gradstudies.artsci.wustl.edu/forms.