The graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is a supplementary program designed for students currently enrolled in a Northeastern University master’s or doctoral program. The certificate aims to provide enhanced competency by:
Master of Public Health (MPH) students are able to apply theories, concepts and methods gained from the WGSS certificate to addressing urban health issues. Certificate students will work with an advisor in their primary or a closely related discipline to develop a plan for completing the certificate. The advisory relationship is intended to be facilitative; students are free to request a different advisor at any time.
Students enrolled in the MPH Program at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences who wish to pursue a certificate in WGSS follow a slightly different path than students in other programs. Interested MPH students should contact Alisa Lincoln, Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology; Shan Mohammed, Director of the MPH program; or Alison Gillis, MPH Program Manager prior to pursuing the WGSS certificate to discuss their options.
For MPH students, the Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of a minimum of five graduate courses: a choice of one of two required courses in WGSS, two core courses in PHTH, and two elective courses. The certificate curriculum, including a list of required courses and approved electives, can be found in the university catalog.
Certificate students may petition for courses to be added to the list of approved electives by contacting the program coordinator with a course syllabus.
Eligibility for Enrollment
Any student with a bachelor’s degree who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Public Health Program at Northeastern is eligible to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, MPH option. Applicants should have at least a “B” average in their graduate course work (or undergraduate for entering students).
There is no formal process for declaring your intention to obtain the certificate. Interested students currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health in Urban Health Program should contact Alisa Lincoln, Shan Mohammed, or Alison Gillis, to discuss their options for completing the certificate alongside their disciplinary coursework.
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.
Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
Students can also choose to take courses in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies. Courses taken in 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 Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies 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