Gender and Women's Studies

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Graduate Certificate Program

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program at URI has developed a genuinely interdisciplinary curriculum informed by the most advanced scholarship and by feminist pedagogical principles. Having offered an undergraduate degree program for over 25 years, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program now offers a graduate certificate program that will allow students to pursue interdisciplinary study in this flourishing field and thereby enhance their educational background and career opportunities.

The graduate certificate will:

  • Develop expertise in gender and women’s studies theory and methodology.
  • Offer focused study of the relatively new scholarship on gender in its intersections with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.
  • Systematically add interdisciplinary breadth to the student’s program.
  • Provide a professional credential to supplement other training.

The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies is an elective option for matriculated graduate students or non-matriculated students.

The Certificate Program requires 9 credits of graduate work in any field and 6 credits of GWS courses. (These courses may count toward a graduate degree in a field such as psychology, history, or English. Check with an advisor.)

Matriculated graduate students will take 9 credits of graduate study in their program that focuses on women or gender. The 9 credits may take the form of:
– A course such as Women’s History or a woman writer or Psychology of Women.
– Substantial research focused on women or gender for a course such as Social Psychology, or Special Readings in American History.

Non-matriculated students may take 9 credits of graduate study in any relevant graduate program or combination of programs (such as Communication Studies, English, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, or Psychology), subject to approval by the GWS Program Director.

Both matriculated and non-matriculated students will take two GWS graduate level courses to complete the certificate.

Course Offerings (as of 4/10/2012): (400-level classes can be for credit for Masters students; please see GWS course offerings)

GWS 500: Graduate Colloquium in Gender and Women’s Studies

GWS 501: Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery

GWS 502: Campaigns and Services for Victims of Trafficking and Slavery

GWS 550: Graduate Independent Study

…and graduate courses in other departments where the student focuses on gender and/or women’s issues.

For questions, contact Donna M. Hughes, director of graduate studies,


How to Apply for Graduate Study at URI

Instructions for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

(International Applicants: please click here for instructions)

The Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island accepts online applications only. First, complete the online application form and submit the nonrefundable application fee of $65. Once your application is complete including uploaded unofficial transcripts, the Department will review your credentials and make a recommendation to the Graduate School. Please note: If you are currently a graduate student at URI, the application fee will be waived.

The Graduate School will communicate the admission decision to you via ApplyYourself, the electronic application management system of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School.
It is imperative that you provide a working e-mail address and check it regularly for updates. The Graduate School will NOT mail hard copies of decision letters. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions for creating your e-campus account and declaring your intention to matriculate in your acceptance notification. Deadlines for admission and financial aid vary by department. Applicants should always contact the Graduate Director for their plan of study before applying to ensure that applications are still being accepted for the term in which admission is sought.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please check with your department regarding deadlines. You must upload all supplemental materials to the online application. DO NOT send mail to the Graduate School or your department, as this will postpone evaluation of your application. If you are accepted and intend to matriculate into a graduate program, you will be required to provide original official transcripts before your start date. Please note that once the university receives documents they will not be returned to you. If you have questions about admission requirements, contact the Department. DO NOT submit more than one application for the same degree plan.

A complete application file includes:

  • Complete, submitted online Application Form
  • Non-refundable application fee submitted via online application as a credit card payment or as an electronic check. If you are currently a graduate student at URI, the application fee is waived.
  • Personal statement (submitted via online application)
  • College transcript(s) submitted via online application
  • Letter of recommendation (submitted online)
  • Certificate of residency (if applying for in-state or regional tuition)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are already enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at URI, you must create a new account using a different e-mail address than the one you used for your initial application for graduate studies at URI. Once you have created a new account, the graduate school can waive your application fee for the certificate program.

Ready to apply? Click here.

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