Graduate Certificate

The University of Kentucky Department of Gender and Women's Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Students may take complete the certificate as a complement to a graduate disciplinary degree program or as a stand-alone curriculum. The aim of the Graduate Certificate curriculum is to provide a coherent, graduate-level interdisciplinary grounding in Gender and Women's Studies scholarship and to create an intellectual community among faculty and graduate students who share a scholarly interest in Gender and Women's Studies.

Students who are currently enrolled as a graduate student in a department at the University of Kentucky are encouraged to apply for the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate program early in their graduate studies. Courses counting toward fulfillment of the Graduate Certificate curriculum must be taken after admission to the program.

Please note:  The deadline to apply for the Graduate Certificate for Fall is October 1.  The deadline to apply for the Spring is March 1.

Application Procedures

The application form for the Graduate Certificate is available in the Gender and Women's Studies office or click here for a printable copy of the application form.

Application for the Certificate program must be made before completion of coursework for the certificate. Award of the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies requires formal admission to the program. Once students have been accepted, they must locate a Gender and Women's Studies advisor and must submit a proposed course of study that has been approved by their Gender and Women's Studies advisor. Any of the Gender and Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty may serve as graduate advisor. The Chair or Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Women's Studies can also help applicants locate a Gender and Women's Studies advisor. The Graduate Certificate Course of Study Form is available in the Gender and Women's Studies Office or click here for a printable copy of the Course of Study Form.

Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Course Requirements

Completion of the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate curriculum requires a minimum of 12 hours of course work, including:

A. Two elective three-credit courses, at least one of which is taken outside the student's home disciplinary department as defined by undergraduate or graduate concentration, as appropriate (6 hours).

B. WS 650, Feminist Theory, preferably taken after the student's two electives (3 hours).

C. A three-credit cross-cultural course, approved by the Gender and Women's Studies Program for fulfillment of this requirement. Courses fulfilling this requirement will contain a substantial component on culture(s) outside the United States and western Europe (3 hours).

Students may select their elective courses and courses fulfilling the cross-cultural requirement from the list furnished by the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Program every semester. Students may petition the Graduate Committee to accept a course as fulfilling a requirement for the Certificate.  To petition, use the Coursework Petition Form, available in the Gender and Women's Studies office or click here for a printable copy of the Course Petition Form.

Application and Admission Information

Under ordinary conditions, admission to the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate curriculum requires the following, with all materials to be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Women's Studies:

* an undergraduate degree
* admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School**
* a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate work
* minimum GPA of 3.0 in any graduate work
* a scholarly writing sample
* a 500-word personal statement, explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies
* three letters of recommendation (applies only to students not matriculating in a UK graduate degree program)
* official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
* completion of the certificate application form

**Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Kentucky must first secure admission to the Graduate School as post-baccalaureate students. For information on requirements for post-baccalaureate admission to the Graduate School, please contact the Graduate School directly or see the information online. Please send to the Graduate School all and only the materials they require for application.  Please send to Gender and Women's Studies all and only the materials we require for application (see above). Admission to the Graduate School must, in all cases, precede admission to the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate curriculum. Please notice that some requirements for the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Certificate curriculum exceed minimum requirements of the Graduate School for Post- baccalaureate status. For this reason, as well as others, admission to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the Gender and Women's Studies Program Graduate Certificate curriculum.

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