Women and Gender Studies Graduate Students

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies (WGST) is designed as a complement to a graduate disciplinary degree program. The WGST Graduate Certificate provides graduate students with opportunities to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about women and gender, and to learn from a variety of scholarly and methodological approaches.

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate disciplinary degree or professional degree program are encouraged to apply for the Women and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate early in their course of graduate studies.


Nine semester hours of required course work in Women and Gender Studies.
These three courses would typically be:

WMST 6090: Feminist Theories
WMST 6190: Feminist Methodology
WMST 6290: Topics in Women and Gender Studies

None of the three required courses may be taken as an independent study.

One additional course approved by the WGST graduate advisor. This course should focus on women, gender, race, sexuality, class, nation, and/or feminism. While it is advisable that the course be taken outside the student’s home department, students may, with prior approval of the WGST graduate advisor, take it within their home departments, provided the course has a strong interdisciplinary focus. Independent study courses taken with faculty not affiliated with Women and Gender Studies will not count for the Graduate Certificate. Independent study courses taken with WGST faculty members may count only in exceptional circumstances as determined by the Graduate Committee.

The minimum acceptable grade for courses submitted for the WGST Graduate Certificate is a B. Minimum GPA for courses submitted for the WGST Graduate Certificate is 3.5.


To be accepted into the Certificate program a student must:

1. Complete the Graduate Certificate Application.

2. Write a statement of approximately 500 words indicating interests, plans, and objectives within the field of women and gender studies; graduate work the student has already done in women’s studies/gender studies; and if applicable, any undergraduate work in this area.

3. Submit the application, personal statement, and copy of a current transcript to the Graduate Committee at the Women and Gender Studies office for approval.

4. Once approved, students should meet with the WGST graduate advisor who will be responsible for approving courses and ensuring that the student completes her or his course work and submits an updated transcript. The students should meet with the WGST faculty advisor at least once during each academic year that they are actively working on the Graduate Certificate. The student will receive the Graduate Certificate when the graduate advisor has signed off that all requirements have been met. Graduate Certificates are typically awarded during the spring graduation ceremony.

The above requirements and procedures are effective November 2009.

Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies can call 303-492-8923 or visit the office at the Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage.
* Students already approved for a WGST Graduate Certificate may choose to follow the requirements in place at the time of their approval. Click here to see the previous requirements and procedures for the Graduate Certificate.


Graduate Certificate Forms

Graduate Certificate Application