Graduate Certificate

A male student leaning over his desk and taking notes during a lecture

The graduate certificate provides an interdisciplinary focus on gender and sexuality issues to enrich a student’s disciplinary or professional training. The program may be completed in one year or two.

Through a challenging, 12-credit-hour program of study, students think and learn about gender in a systematic and integrated way using a variety of methodological approaches. Electives that qualify for certificate credit include courses in feminist theory and ethics, law, health, public policy and the intersections of race, gender and class.

Students enrolled in master’s and PhD programs at GW and qualified non-degree students who hold at least a bachelor's degree may apply.

Apply Now

Kavita Daiya speaking to a graduate student

Graduate Study Guide

Learn more about deadlines and tuition, scholarships and thesis and exam guidelines.

Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.
WGSS 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
WGSS 6221Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
6 credits in elective courses selected from graduate-level Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) courses and/or courses from other departments in consultation with the advisor.