Graduate Certificate in WGSS

The graduate certificate in WGSS is a 12-credit supplementary program designed for students currently enrolled in a Northeastern University master’s or doctoral program. Please note that there is a separate path for students in the Master’s of Public Health program. The certificate aims to provide enhanced competency by:

Certificate students will work with both the WGSS program director and an advisor in their primary department to develop a plan for completing the certificate coursework. Click here for the catalog overview of the program.



The certificate curriculum, including a list of required courses and approved electives, can be found in the university catalog. Students may petition to have a course added if they believe its syllabus covers substantial amounts of material relating to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

In addition to the courses listed in the catalog, the following special topics courses have been approved to count as electives towards the certificate:

NOTE: The certificate requires 12 credits or more to obtain. If you entered Northeastern prior to Fall 2018, you will likely need to complete three elective courses instead of the recommended two under the new structure of 4-credit hours per course.


Eligibility for Enrollment

Any student with a bachelor’s degree who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Northeastern is eligible to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Applicants should have at least a “B” average in their graduate course work (or undergraduate for entering students).

Interested students should speak to Professor Suzanna Walters, program director for WGSS, or an academic advisor in their primary department, to develop a plan for completing the certificate alongside their disciplinary coursework and should complete this simple online form to inform the program of their intentions to pursue the certificate in WGSS. This form does not serve as a binding agreement to complete the certificate coursework, nor does it add the certificate to your transcript. It is simply a mechanism by which the program can keep you up to date about news, courses, events, and more that may be useful to you in your pursuit of graduate studies in WGSS.

To receive your Graduate Certificate in WGSS, contact the WGSS program coordinator to request a clearance form after all coursework has been completed. Complete the form and bring it, along with your Northeastern transcript, to the WGSS office in 263 Holmes for signature and approval prior to the deadlines noted on the form — April 15 for May commencement, August 1 for August commencement, and November 15 for January commencement.

For those graduate students currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health in Urban Health Program who are interested in pursuing the Graduate Certificate in WGSS, please contact Professor Alisa Lincoln, Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology. You may also find more information about requirements for the MPH WGSS certificate path here.


The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS)

Students can also choose to take courses at the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (the GCWS). Courses taken at the GCWS will count towards the Graduate Certificate. Instructors and courses vary from semester to semester. To see all past and current GCWS course offerings, visit the GCWS website.

To enroll in a GCWS course, speak to the graduate advisor or coordinator in your primary disciplinary program. They will advise you on the process for enrolling in a GCWS course for Northeastern credit. Registration requires departmental approval and acceptance by the GCWS.