The 15-credit graduate certificate in women and gender studies enables students interested in an academic career to enrich their research and analytical skills. Students interested in a professional career are prepared to address gender-related challenges in both domestic and global settings. The certificate adds an area of specialization to any graduate degree, giving students a competitive edge in the world of work.
The certificate may be taken alone or in conjunction with another graduate program. Courses applied to the certificate may also be applied to a degree program, subject to approval of the graduate director of the respective program.
Graduate Certificate as a Stand-Alone Program
Applicants should fill out the online Application for Graduate Studies and include the following supporting application requirements: college transcript, letters of recommendation (2), goals statement, résumé or curriculum vitae
Graduate Certificate in Addition to a Degree Program
Students already enrolled in a Mason graduate degree program should submit a Secondary Program Application along with a copy of their primary program application file, and a goals statement detailing their interest in Women and Gender Studies. All other requirements are waived.
Secondary Program Application: http://chss.gmu.edu/graduate/forms
- Core courses: WMST 630 Feminist Theory; WMST 640 Women and Global Issues
- Three elective courses (9 credits) from anywhere in the curriculum related to the study of women and gender
- Please note that writing a course research paper that engages gender analysis may count towards completing these credits.
- Capstone Portfolio, WMST 699
- Students synthesize their work in the certificate program by reflecting on how issues, ideas, and theories raised in the core courses inform their understanding of gender issues within their area of interest. The portfolio includes three to five items produced in previous course work and a 7-10 page essay discussing them. Items selected may include course papers, performance videos, photos of exhibits, tapes of music, or other items as agreed on by the student and advisor. The portfolio must be approved by the advisor and submitted to the Women and Gender Studies program where it will be presented, displayed, and archived. Students must have completed their course work for Women and Gender Studies certificate, or be in the last semester of their course work to complete this requirement.
- Register for the Capstone Portfolio with an Individualized Section form. The Graduate Director should be listed as the Instructor. The form will need the signature of the Women and Gender Studies Program Chair.
For more information contact the Graduate Director
Yevette Richards Jordan at email@example.com or call 703.993.2896