Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Incorporate intersectional feminist and queer methods of research and analysis into your scholarly and pedagogical pursuits with the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. In this 12-credit certificate program, students investigate and develop research about the personal, professional and global impact gender and sexuality has on women and queer communities.

Join an intimate and diverse community of students and faculty committed to rigorous academic inquiry into the cultural, economic and social forces shaping our understanding of gender and sexuality. Develop methodological and theoretical expertise in this interdisciplinary field, and build a path toward an academic or professional career in fields such as counseling, education, media, politics and more. 

This part-time graduate certificate is tailored so students can earn the certificate while also enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program at Temple or another institution. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate can also be taken as a freestanding certificate by those who are not currently enrolled in a Temple University graduate program.

Program Format & Curriculum

Classes are held at Temple’s Main Campus and students have three years to complete the requirements for the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Required coursework introduces students to theories and practices of feminist and queer pedagogy. 

All students complete the following courses. 

  • Feminist and Queer Studies, in which students receive an advanced introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality and women’s studies as well as in applying feminist and queer methods of research, analysis and practice in their own disciplines.  
  • Research Seminar, in which students present research on topics related to feminist and/or queer issues and/or identities. This is an advanced writing course, and students build a foundation of research skills and perform critical reflection and analysis of the subject matter. 

Students choose two elective courses that may include the following.​

  • Anthropology of Sexuality and Gender
  • Gender and Body
  • Sex and the Political

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.


Contemporary institutions and organizations committed to diversity and inclusion often seek leaders who understand the ways in which gender and sexuality impact our world. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Certificate (Graduate) program can serve as a pathway to doctoral studies, and recent alumni have secured positions in 

  • counseling,
  • education, 
  • media and communication, 
  • nonprofits, 
  • politics, 
  • psychology, and 
  • public relations. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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