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Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies

At a Glance
   15 credits
   Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program required.


The Graduate Certificate Program in Women's Studies is designed for students enrolled in a graduate program in any field who wish to complement their training with an additional specialization in Women's Studies.

Eligibility and Admission

To pursue this certificate, students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or already hold a graduate degree.


  • Students wishing to obtain the certificate must declare their intent to the Director of Women's Studies.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the UW System application. At the Reason for Applying screen, check Graduate Non-Degree.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

The Women's Studies Graduate Certificate requires completion of 15 graduate credits in approved courses with an overall GPA of 3.0. The following are required:

  1. Wmns 401 Global Feminisms U/G, 3 cr (Students who previously earned undergraduate credit in this course will substitute, with the approval of the program Director, a graduate course with a focus on globalization and women.).
  2. Wmns 710 Feminist Theory, G, 3 cr.
  3. Electives, 9 cr selected from a combination of Wmns and approved cross-listed G or U/G courses in other programs and departments (excluding thesis and research credits).

No more than 6 credits in U/G courses can apply toward the certificate, and a maximum of three credits in independent study may count toward the 15 credits required for the certificate. At least three credits must be taken outside of Women's Studies and the student's home department or discipline (i.e., the program in which the student currently is enrolled as a graduate degree candidate or in which the student has received an advanced degree). Thesis and research credits may not be counted toward the Certificate.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer credit

A maximum of one three-credit course from another institution would be considered for transfer to the certificate.

Articulation with Degree Programs

A certificate signifying completion of the certificate program requirements will be awarded in conjunction with the student's graduate degree.

Time limit

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

Page last updated on: 02/16/2015