Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies


Admission to the Certificate Program is contingent upon, (1) prior admission to the Graduate School of the University into a graduate degree-granting department, or (2) after prior completion of a graduate degree and acceptance as a non-degree student.

The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to, and evidence of, theory, research or organizational experience in feminist concerns.  Knowledge of feminist scholarship is expected, but an undergraduate major in Women’s Studies is not required as prerequisite for admission to the program. Non-degree students should contact the Graduate Admissions office, 530 Goodell for a non-degree student application.

Students interested in admission to the WGSS Certificate Program should contact the main office, 208 Bartlett Hall or call (413) 545-1922 if they have questions about the application process.  

Completed applications should be submitted by email to wgsscertificateapp@umass.edu or submitted to the WGSS office by March 1.

Application for Admission



The program requires the following coursework:

The final stage for the completion of the certificate is a year-long research project under the direction of a committee of two faculty members, at least one of whom is a WGSS faculty member. Students begin working on this project as part of small writing groups during the fall of the year they plan to complete; submitting an abstract and project draft to their committee at the end the fall semester. Upon their committee’s approval, certificate students enroll in 793A for the spring semester during which they complete their project. The project culminates with the submission of a full-length project and an oral presentation at the graduate student symposium at the end of the spring semester.

Research projects may take a variety of forms including but not limited to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation; a research paper or project of outstanding quality; a book chapter; a performance or multimedia presentation. Whatever the field of study, the research paper must focus on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and, if relevant, transnational issues.  It can be developed from 1) a paper submitted to meet one of the core requirements; 2) prior research; 3) a practicum or other project.  The student’s advisor and the Associate Director of the Graduate Program will evaluate the project for final approval.  A final copy of the research project is to be left with the program office. 


Courses will be offered and coordinated by core, adjunct and associated graduate faculty of the Women’s Studies Program and will be published in the Five College Course Guide every semester. our Graduate Program Director provides supervision of research and advising.  For further information, contact the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program, 208 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 01003.  Telephone (413)545-1922.