Aug 24, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)

Revised Program, effective Fall 2015

Admission Criteria:

  1. A baccalaureate degree (or earned equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree) in any field from an accredited College or University.
  2. Prior completion of at least 2 courses with substantial content on women and/or gender (with a grade of B or better), or completion of at least 1 course with substantial content on women and/or gender (with a grade of B of better) and concurrent registration in either WGST 200  or WGST 202 .
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, with 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, or a minimum 3.0 in graduate course work previously taken.
  4. A written statement of 2-3 pages (double-spaced) that demonstrates graduate-level writing and proficiency and includes:
    1. An explanation of the student’s academic goal–specifically areas in the field of WGST that she/he finds particularly appealing, professors at EMU with whom she/he would like to work with and why, and ideas related to the field of WGST and the role of women in society that she/he hopes to pursue in the course of graduate study.
    2. An explanation of the student’s professional goals and the ways in which his or her WGST certificate will help to attain those goals.
    3. A discussion of any prior professional and/or community-based experience related to women and/or gender, and how that informs the student’s understanding of the field of women’s and gender studies.
    4. An explanation of how previous course work related to women and/or gender shaped that student’s desire to pursue further study; e.g. the particular courses and writers that have influenced him or her.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or others addressing the student’s professional or academic preparation and ability to successfully complete the graduate certificate.
  6. For students whose first language is not English, demonstrated English language proficiency as shown by official test scores of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a 91 on iBT, or 233 on the CBT, or 577 on the PBT; 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).
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Department Information:

Women’s and Gender Studies - College of Arts & Sciences

Jacqueline K. Goodman, Ph.D.
Department Head

714a Pray Harrold
(734) 487-1177

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Suzanne Gray

714Q Pray Harold
(734) 487-1177

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

Required Courses: 6 hours

  • WGST 550 - Feminist Thought 3 hrs

    This certificate has two tracks that allow students to focus on the area of study that best complements their academic and/or professional development.


    Choose one of the following:

Restricted Electives: 6 hours

Six hours from the following courses, chosen in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Certificate Total: 12 hours