Apr 23, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Women’s Studies Certificate


Admission Requirements

The certificate is open to graduate students in any discipline and in any college at UNLV and to non-degree seeking students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. In addition to being admitted to the Graduate College  each applicant must show:

  1. A minimum of nine undergraduate credits in women’s studies, preferably including courses in feminist theory and/or methodology; or (2) demonstrable familiarity with/background in feminist theory and methodology, including a range of courses focusing on women and gender; or (3) completion of two 600-level Women’s Studies or cross-listed courses on women and/or gender.
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00, with a grade point average of at least 3.30 in women’s studies courses.

Application Process

Applicants must complete the Graduate College online application.  In addition to the general requirements established by the Graduate College, the following department application materials must be uploaded into the online application:

  1. A statement of purpose describing the relationship of the certificate to the student’s intellectual and professional goals. Be detailed and specific. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate writing as well as analytical skills and knowledge of women’s studies. We expect an essay of 1000 words; notes are optional.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former instructors or supervisors who can knowledgeably evaluate the student’s ability to do graduate level work in women’s studies.

Certificate Requirements

Candidates who have completed an advanced degree at UNLV prior to completing their certificate can petition the chair of the Women’s Studies department to have their credit-requirement for the certificate reduced to 12, if they have already taken a 3-credit course that would have counted for the certificate while taking their advanced degree, and not counted that course for their advanced degree requirements.

The 15-unit Graduate Certificate consists of:

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  • and six units of electives in graduate WMST or departmental courses cross listed with women’s studies, of which at least three units must be at the 700 level.

    Candidates for the certificate who are also candidates for a graduate degree may elect no more than three credits in their home discipline. Non-degree candidates may elect no more than three credits in any one department other than Women’s Studies.