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


The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies can be earned in conjunction with Master’s or Doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects. The certificate can also be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate degree. The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies exposes students from a variety of disciplines to the core theories and approaches used in studies of women, gender (which includes masculinity), feminism, and sexuality.

The Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies requires the completion of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. Students must take 2 core courses and 2 elective courses. If a student’s M.A. or Ph.D. program accepts the 2 core courses and the student can take the 2 electives in their graduate program (see below), students can complete the certificate without any additional coursework beyond that required for the M.A. or Ph.D. However, transfer credit is not accepted in the certificate program.

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2 Core Courses: Students are required to complete 2 of the following courses. Students should select courses that reflect their interests.

2 Electives: Students must also complete 2 elective courses at the graduate level. Any graduate-level course offered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will count as an elective. Elective courses can also come from other disciplines. These courses may be seminars, directed readings, or directed research courses as long as they focus on women, gender, feminism, or sexuality. Students wishing to use a course offered in another department or program as an elective should have the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Coordinator approve the course prior to enrolling in it. 

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies will be considered as they are received. Admissions are ongoing. To be eligible for admission, a student must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and either:
  • be enrolled in and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte or
  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Apply Online for Admission

A complete application consists of:
  • a completed application form
  • payment of the application fee
  • a copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • a letter explaining the applicant’s educational and work background, interests, and plans, with an emphasis on how this certificate will enhance, complement, or advance the applicant’s work and/or education
  • letters of recommendation are not required

Visit the Graduate School’s website to apply online for admission and to find important information, such as the Graduate Catalog.

Office of Graduate Admissions, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-3279 (fax)

For More Information

For more information on this graduate certificate, contact the Graduate Coordinator for Women’s and Gender Studies:

Dr. Elisabeth Paquette

Assistant Professor | Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies 
Graduate Program Director | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Affiliate Faculty | Department of Africana Studies; Center for Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Studies
UNC Charlotte
Winningham 104B
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704-687-5210