Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Women’s and Gender Studies [Graduate Certificate]


Program Admission


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in Summer, Fall, or Winter.

Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • 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 or better) and concurrent registration in either WGST 200  or WGST 202 .
  • 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 coursework previously taken.
  • A written statement of 2-3 pages (double-spaced) that demonstrates graduate-level writing and proficiency and includes:
    • An explanation of the student’s academic goal–specifically areas in the field of WGST that they find particularly appealing, professors at EMU with whom they would like to work with and why, and ideas related to the field of WGST and the role of women in society, that they hope to pursue in the course of graduate study.
    • An explanation of the student’s professional goals and the ways in which their WGST certificate will help to attain those goals.
    • 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.
    • An explanation of how previous coursework 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Department Information


Women’s and Gender Studies 714A Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1177

Elizabeth Currans, PhDDepartment Head

Advisor Information


Mary Elizabeth Murphy​, PhDProfessor, 714S Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3183

Degree Requirements: 12 hours


Required Courses: 6 hours


Restricted Electives: 6 hours


Choose six hours from the following courses, in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Graduate Certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years of first enrollment in a course applicable to the certificate. Dually enrolled students (certificate and master’s program) must complete both degrees within six years of first enrollment in the master’s degree. 

In the event a student does not complete the graduate certificate degree requirements within three years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all graduate certificate degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A graduate certificate must require a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement - 
    • For students admitted to a graduate certificate program, at least nine graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the program must be earned at EMU. Students completing multiple certificate programs must have a minimum of 9 unique credit hours per certificate.
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.