Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies

For more than twenty years, graduate students from across the disciplines at USC have enriched their studies and broadened their expertise by training in Gender Studies. A recent survey of certificate alumnae/i shows that a Gender Studies Graduate Certificate can help you find a job in or out of academe.

Graduate students intending to concentrate in gender studies must be admitted to a USC graduate or professional program. While meeting the requirements for a departmental graduate degree, they may earn a certificate of competency in gender studies.

To earn a certificate, students must fulfill the following course requirements:

  • SWMS 560
  • A total of at least 12 units of several other courses from the SWMS list of graduate level courses, 500 and above.
  • No more than four units of directed research may be taken and those units must be taken as SWMS 590. Each academic department will determine the number of units completed which may be applied to the student's graduate degree in that department.

In addition to the completion of course requirements, students must

  • include a focus on gender as part of their major department master's thesis, doctoral dissertation or law review note OR
  • They may take an oral examination on three research papers they have written within the areas of gender studies and on relevant graduate work pertaining to the field of gender studies. The oral exam will be administered by members of the Gender Studies faculty. A Gender Studies faculty member will be assigned as an advisor for each student. Gender Studies faculty will be responsible for judging the adequacy of the gender studies analysis in the student's thesis, dissertation or oral examination.

Application for Graduate Certificate Program in Gender Studies



  • Gender Studies Program
  • University of Southern California
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, 422
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, California
  • 90089-4352 USA