The certificate provides recipients with a specific and documented knowledge of Women's
and Gender Studies. Not only an advantage to those pursuing advanced degrees in related
fields, the certificate program's special emphasis on race and class as well as gender
satisfies the demands of a labor market increasingly oriented toward those trained
in managing diversity and services for women.
Admission to the Program
- Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the University of Memphis or
other university, as well as students already holding a graduate degree, may apply
for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Women's and Gender Studies.
Online Certificate Application
- For students enrolled in a graduate program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for
- In rare instances, individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree program
but who have neither completed a graduate degree nor been admitted to a graduate program
may be considered for admission as Non-Degree Seeking students. Each such application
will be considered on an individual basis.
- Students must apply to both the certificate program and submit a change of status
form to the Graduate School. To apply, students submit:
- Transcript of undergraduate degree program and transcripts of prior and current graduate
- Two letters of recommendation Print two reference forms
- A letter describing reasons why the student is interested in pursuing a graduate certificate
in the area of Women's and Gender Studies and how the program corresponds with prior
experience and anticipated career plans
- GRE scores are required and are an important factor in admission
- A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL and a minimum
score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (for students whose native language is not
- The certificate program requires completion of twelve (12) semester credit hours.
- Six (6) credit hours must be met by satisfactory completion of two Women's and Gender
Studies core courses: WMST 7300 Understanding Women's Lives: Multidisciplinary Theories
and Methods (3 hours) AND WMST 7310 Women, Race, and Social Inequality (3 hours) OR
WMST 7320 Women and Multicultural Expression (3 hours).
- Six (6) elective hours will be selected in consultation with the Women's and Gender
Studies Program director.
- In order to continue in the program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.