The Graduate Certificate in Gender-Based Violence provides students with an advanced framework for understanding the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV), as well as training in applying this knowledge to advance the well-being, equality, and human rights of those most impacted. The Certificate Program will appeal to: 1) practitioners who work in organizations focused on supporting survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence shelters, confidential survivor advocacy programs, Title IX programs, sexual and domestic violence prevention non-profits, and so on; 2) practitioners interested in integrating an intersectional and social justice framework into their work; 3) professionals who work with a large number of victims of gender-based crimes, such as law enforcement officers and medical professionals, and who want to learn trauma-informed and survivor-informed approaches; 4) students with, or seeking a master’s degree in another field (social work, nursing) who want to enhance their skills and knowledge regarding domestic and sexual violence; 5) students graduating from UA Bachelors or Masters programs such as Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology who want to pursue a specialization or new career track in a gender-based violence-related field (and who would otherwise leave UA for other higher education institutions).
Our curricular model includes:
Students will have the opportunity to engage with distinguished activists, scholars, and artists through videoconferences, internships, class projects, mentorships, and project projects. We will partner with the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and its advisory board made up of distinguished scholars and activists.
Please visit https://humanrightspractice.arizona.edu for comprehensive information about this program.
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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Global Direct - Online
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
Statement of Purpose
One Letter of Recommendation
Minimum GPA: 2.75 or international equivalent
Must hold Bachelor's degree from accredited university
C.V. or resume
Proof of English Proficiency if applicant is from a country where English is not the official language.
Confirmation of access to a computer and reliable Internet connection.
If applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, English proficiency must be demonstrated through any one of the following tests:
TOEFL, minimum score of 79 iBT or 550 PBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below 6
Pearson PTE Academic: minimum score of 69
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
12 credits of core courses will be required:
HRTS 530 – Understanding Gender-Based Violence (3 credits)
HRTS 531 – Femicide/Feminicide (3 Credits)
HRTS 521 - Community-Based Research in Gender-Based Violence (3 credits)
HRTS 598B – Gender-Based Violence Project (3 credits)
Program may accept up to 6 transfer units; please inquire with the Program Director
3 Elective Credits from courses related to the students’ interests. These may be from courses offered in the HRTS program, but courses from other departments can be taken with approval from the director of the HRTS program. Independent studies with faculty within or outside of the department can also fulfill the elective requirement upon approval.
HRTS 500: Advancing Human Rights (3 credits)
HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations (3 Credits)
HRTS 502: Advancing Human Rights Organizations II (3 Credits)
HRTS 505: Human Rights Voices (3 credits)
HRTS 510: Advancing Human Rights Law (3 Credits)
HRTS 511: Advancing Human Rights through Strategic Litigation (3 Credits)
HRTS 520: Community-Based Participatory Action Research for Human Rights (3 Credits)
HRTS 541: Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media (3 credits0
HRTS 542: Advancing Human Rights through the Arts (3 Credits)
HRTS 543: Advancing Human Rights with Technology (3 Credits)
HRTS 595A: Human Rights Across Contexts (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 596A: Human Rights Crises (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 596B: Cutting-Edge Advances in Human Rights Practice (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 597A: Exploring Human Rights through Virtual Field Trips (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 599: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.