Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies is designed for students enrolled in a graduate program in any field who wish to complement their advanced training and scholarly work with an additional specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies.

Eligibility and Admission

  • To pursue this certificate, students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or already hold a graduate degree.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA to be admitted into a certificate program.

Application

  • Interested students must meet with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to declare their intent. Please see the contact information listed below to make an appointment.
  • All graduate certificate applicants – even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program – must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Graduate Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence and pay required application fee.

Students are strongly advised to consult with the DGS periodically to ensure they stay on the right track towards the completion of the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

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

  • WGS 401 – Global Feminism. U/G. 3 cr. (Students who have previously earned undergraduate credit in this course will substitute, with approval of the DGS, a graduate course with a focus on globalization and women.)
  • WGS 700 – Feminist Issues and Scholarship. G. 3 cr.
  • WGS 710 – Advanced Feminist Theory. G. 3 cr.
  • 6 elective credits of WGS or WGS cross-listed coursework selected in consultation with the Women’s & Gender Studies DGS.

In addition:

  1. No more than 6 credits in U/G courses can apply toward the certificate.
  2. A maximum of 3 credits in independent study may count toward the 15 credits required for the certificate.
  3. At least 3 credits must be taken outside of Women’s & Gender 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).
  4. Thesis and research credits may not be counted toward the certificate.
  5. No more than 20% of the required 15 credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM (i.e., no more than 3 transfer credits can apply toward the certificate). These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the DGS.

To declare your Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies or for more information about the WGS Graduate program contact Gwynne Kennedy.

Gwynne Kennedy, Director of Graduate Studies
Curtin Hall 518
Phone: 414-229-5918
E-mail: gkennedy@uwm.edu

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.