Graduate Certificate

The Certificate Program offered by Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies allows students enrolled in other Rutgers University graduate degree programs to earn a Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Many students find the Certificate useful for expansion of career options and thesis preparation. It prepares students in any discipline to teach courses and conduct research in women’s studies, to develop courses with a focus on gender, and to expand the scope of their professional activity to include gender issues and debates.

The certificate program consists of nine credits. At least six credits must be taken in WGSS core courses or WGSS advanced colloquia. Three credits may be in cognate courses offered in other departments. Students from 22 departments and schools are currently enrolled in the program. Students interested in the Certificate Program must be enrolled in a disciplinary department at Rutgers other than WGSS.



To obtain a Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, students must:

  • Take two Women's & Gender Studies (988) graduate courses. No exceptions.
  • Take one approved graduate cognate course.
  • Submit a pdfWGSS Graduate Certificate Application to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Director upon completion of these courses.

Of these three courses, one must be a feminist theory course. This theory course can be any of the theory courses offered by WGSS, or it can be a course offered by another department if it has been approved by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Director. Students should obtain approval prior to enrolling in a course; no courses will be approved retroactively. If the theory course is from another department, this course may satisfy the theory requirement and serve as the optional cognate course.

According to the Graduate School of New Brunswick, students may be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies upon completion of the requirements for the certificate.


Suggested Concentration: Gender, Development, and Policy

A suggested concentration for graduate students obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is a focus on Gender, Development, and Policy. Here are some courses in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Bloustein School, Political Science, and Anthropology that could be used to satisfy the requirements and provide students with a solid background in issues related to gender, development, and public policy.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

  • 16:988:515  Feminism: Theory and Practice
  • 16:988:535  Gender and Human Rights
  • 16:988:536  Gender and Development
  • 16:988:537  Poverty, Inequality, and Gender

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy:

  • 34:970:609  Social Policy in Developing Nations
  • 34:970:581  Gender and International Development
  • 34:970:582  Women and Health
  • 34:970:633  Population Tools and Policy
  • 34:832:514  Culture and Health
  • 34:970:667  Humanitarian Assistance

Political Science:

  • 16:790:587  Proseminar in Women and Politics
  • 16:790:591  Gender and Public Policy
  • 16:790:592  Politics, Development, and Women
  • 16:790:593  Gender and Comparative Politics


  • 16:070:511  Anthropology of Gender
  • 16:070:547  Globalization and Neoliberalism
  • 16:070:548  Cultural Politics of Transnationalism and Diaspora