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Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The study of women, gender, and sexuality in their multiple racial and class dimensions and cultural contexts is a growing field of inquiry in many disciplines. More and more jobs are framed with an expectation of some background in feminist analysis. As an endeavor that is both interdisciplinary and international, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies contributes to the education of its own graduate students and students in other departments, colleges, and schools of Georgia State University.

This certificate program allows interested students to receive explicit acknowledgement of their work in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Some may simply want recognition of a strength reflected in their course of study. Others may wish to pursue employment for which a certificate is deemed an advantage.

Certificate Degree Requirements

The Certificate in WGSS is available to eligible graduate students who successfully complete five graduate courses in WGSS with a grade of B or better in each. Three of these courses must come from the graduate core: WSt 8001 (Feminist Theories), WSt 8002 (Globalization and Gender), WSt 8003 (New Directions in Feminism), WSt 8004 (Feminist Methodologies), or WSt 8005 (Proseminar). The remaining two courses must be drawn from graduate courses bearing a WSt prefix. Only one course can originate from the student’s home department.

Student Eligibility

All students seeking the WGSS Graduate Certificate must submit a formal application through the Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences. Applications are accepted three times per year: July 1 (for Fall semester), November 15 (for Spring semester), and April 1 (for Summer semester).

Students may apply online, using the standard online Graduate Application. Please contact our the Director of Graduate Studies with any additional questions.

The following students are eligible:

  • Students who are enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in another department or institute at Georgia State University must complete an online application, but existing materials on file may be used for the application, and the application fee may be waived. Once you have filled out a new online application for the Certificate program, and attached a short personal statement about why you wish to receive the Certificate, contact the WGSS liaison in the Graduate Office [Joyce Kane], to request that your existing GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation be used for this application as well.  Also let her know that you are a current student and would like to request the application fee waiver.
  • Students who apply solely for the Graduate Certificate in WGSS must submit a complete application for the Graduate Certificate, including fees, to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Students in the WGSS M.A. degree program who are unable to complete the program, but would like to receive the Certificate, may do so if they have fulfilled the Certificate course requirements (5 WGSS courses with a grade of "B" or better). These students must complete a new online application for the Certificate (rather than M.A.) program, but can use the existing materials on file by following the procedure outlined above.

Students can apply three times per year: 

· July 1 for Fall semester

· November 15 for Spring semester

· April 1 for Summer Semester

Student Links & Resources 

Note: Recent departmental name change is not reflected in some documents.


Please note the following information provided in compliance with Department of Education regulations:

Program costs*
Graduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $336.00
Out-of-State: $1,200.00

Undergraduate tuition per credit hour:
In-State: $251.20
Out-of-State: $858.20

Fees and other costs:
Mandatory student fees per term: $1,064.00
Books and supplies per term: $500.00
Room and board per term: $4613.00

*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.

Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the program begins to prepare students to enter