Aimed at students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs, the Graduate/Professional Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies is designed to provide students with gender expertise that they can apply in a variety of fields. The requirement of a foundational course provides grounding in the major concepts, theories, and research approaches related to the study of gender and women. This foundation provides the necessary theoretical tools to allow students to analyze gender and its relationship with other socially meaningful categories such as class, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality in a variety of contexts. Two additional courses allow students to deepen their empirical knowledge of women and/or gender in a specific area or areas. Choice in these courses allows students to tailor their study to areas related to future career or study ambitions.

The Gender and Women's Studies Certificate at the graduate level may be earned by students enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Interested students should meet with the director of graduate studies, who serves as the advisor, early in the process to plan a course of study and to declare their intention to earn the certificate.

Course Requirements

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Three courses for a total of 9 credits of academic coursework in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the 300 level or above and designated for graduate course attribute.
  • One course must be either GEN&WS 880 , GEN&WS 900 , or GEN&WS/​POLI SCI  933 .
  • Students enrolled in courses at the 300–600 level should inform the instructor that they are taking the course for a graduate-level certificate and will complete additional readings/assignments consistent with expectations for a graduate student.
  • 6 credits must be in residence at UW–Madison. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from other institutions.
  • Directed study (GEN&WS 699 , GEN&WS 799 , GEN&WS 999 ) and colloquia courses may not be used toward the certificate.
  • A 3.0 grade is the minimum for courses counting toward the certificate. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (no pass/fail courses).

Graduate students may not earn both a Option A minor and graduate/professional certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.


Professors Jill Casid, Finn Enke, Christine Garlough, Jenny Higgins, Judith Houck, Janet Hyde, Maria Lepowsky, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate Professors Anna Campbell, Pernille Ipsen, Keisha Lindsay, Ellen Samuels, Sami Schalk, Kate Walsh

Assistant Professors Ruth Goldstein, LiLi Johnson, James McMaster, Annie Menzel, Benjamin Mier-Cruz, Marwa Shalaby, Jess Waggoner, Kelly Ward

Faculty Affiliates: See the GEN&WS Faculty Affiliates for more information about instructors on campus who are engaged in feminist-inspired teaching and research.


See the current semester's GEN&WS Lecturers and Teaching Assistants directory.

graduate Student SErvices

Director of Graduate Studies: Finn Enke

Graduate Coordinator: José Ramirez

Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke