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Gender & Women's Studies (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description
The GWS Graduate Certificate is intended for students who already have completed a BA; they may be enrolled in MA programs or be working professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of feminist theory and feminist social movements and other aspects of gender and women’s studies relevant to their interests. (Non-GWS PhD students may take the Certificate but are encouraged to enroll in the GWS PhD Minor and include GWS faculty, content and approaches in their Comprehensive Exams and Dissertation.
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Gender and Women's Studies -

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) Department at the University of Arizona stands at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary feminist research and curriculum. The Department was founded in 1975 and gained full departmental status in 1997. It offers BA, MA/JD, and PhD degree programs, and its renowned faculty - composed of 13 core faculty and over 60 affiliates - work in a wide range of areas including:

  • Transgender Studies; LGBTQ Studies
  • Queer Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Chican@/Latin@ Studies; Migration and Borderlands Studies 
  • Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Critical Health and Body Studies
  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Film, Literature & Media Studies; Digital Activism; Feminist Publishing
  • Feminist Theories

Our internationally prestigious Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) was established in 1979. SIROW develops collaborative research-action projects of importance to women in the southwestern U.S. and the Mexico-U.S. border regions; links researchers, community organizations, and policy makers to encourage informed policies and accessible, responsive services for diverse women's health and well-being; encourages women's contributions in knowledge and cultural production; and supports science and engineering education of, by, and for women and girls through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. The department also has a member-based community organization, the Women's Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), that promotes and supports the students and faculty of GWS and its activities. The Women's Plaza of Honor is sponsored by the Women's Studies Advisory Council and is a means to fund an endowment to support GWS students in their academic achievement.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Darcy L Roman-Felix
Graduate Program Coordinator
Darcy L Roman-Felix
Director of Graduate Studies
Eithne P Luibheid
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to The University of Arizona's Certificate Program in Gender and Women's Studies degree program should hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent by the date of entry into the program. A background in feminist theory is strongly recommended. 

Students must be accepted through the Graduate College, following their standard application for Admission for Graduate Study.

Application Requirements
1. Statement of Interest.  Please write a 1,000 word essay explaining your intentions in pursuing a Gender and Women's Studies Certificate. Be as specific as you can about the areas of feminist work that interest you the most, your career goals, and why the Program at the University of Arizona suits your needs. What experiences have you had that make you a strong candidate for the Certificate Program?

2. Curriculum Vitae.   Your CV should include:

  • Education (degrees you have received or anticipate);
  • Academic employment (such as teaching or research positions), whether paid or  unpaid;
  • Non-academic employment (including internships);
  • Honors, prizes, awards, scholarships, and memberships in honor societies and professional organizations;
  • Published articles, papers presented at professional meetings, screenings or other public presentations of your creative work creative and other work that is appropriate to Gender and Women's Studies
  • Any other activities or accomplishments that you feel are relevant to this application (e.g. extra-curricular activities during college or graduate school or substantial engagement with a non-profit or activist organizations not already listed under employment. 

3. One Letter of Recommendation. The Department of Gender and Women's Studies requires each applicant to have one letter of recommendation that speaks to your academic, activist, and/or employment-based preparation and motivation for undertaking a certificate.

For further information email Darcy Roman-Felix at

Standardized Tests


Financial Aid

At the moment we are unable to offer Certificate Students any financial aid. (Students already enrolled in other degree-seeking programs should check their home units.)

Admissions Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission process. Students must apply at least 6 weeks in advance of anticipated graduation: October 31 deadline to graduate in December; and March 31 deadline to graduate in May.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies Requirements

The GWS Graduate Certificate is intended for students who already have completed a BA: they may be enrolled in other graduate programs at UA or be working professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of feminist theory and feminist social movements and other aspects of gender and women’s studies relevant to their interests. (Students enrolled in a PhD program at the UA should consider the PhD Minor in Gender and Women's Studies.)

Students wishing to undertake the certificate must apply to the Graduate College and the GWS Department ( Accepted students will be awarded a certificate upon completion of 4 GWS graduate seminars (12 units) with a grade of B or higher. Two must come from the following list:

  • GWS 539A Feminist Theories I
  • GWS 539B Feminist Theories II
  • GWS 639 Feminist and Related Social Movements

The remaining two courses may be any 500-level (or above) courses offered by core Gender and Women's Studies faculty or officially cross-listed with GWS. Students may repeat GWS539A and GWS539B one time each for credit that is applicable to a GWS PhD major, PhD minor, MA, or Concentration, on the condition that the syllabus for the course is substantially different from the earlier offering. Course eligibility will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies or, if a conflict of interest, the Department Head.  Repeat enrollment will be treated as a normal GWS elective course.  Repeat enrollment will have no bearing on PhD Qualifying procedures tied to these courses.

Certificate students should meet with the GWS Director of Graduate Studies for advising.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 16 Sep 2019