Women Studies Program

MSC03 2155
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Humanities
441

Phone: (505) 277-3854
Fax: (505) 277-1208

Graduate Transcripted Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Women Studies

The University of New Mexico Women Studies Program offers a transcripted graduate certificate in Women Studies. Graduate students already enrolled in a graduate level program at UNM may apply for admission to the WS graduate certificate program on a rolling enrollment basis. Students may submit their materials at any time, but no later than September 15 for Spring graduation, and no later than March 15 for a Fall graduation. Please be aware that OGS has its own deadlines for formally adding the transcripted certificate to the student's program of study. Students are responsible for informing themselves of the deadlines set by OGS and respecting them. 

The Graduate Certificate in Women Studies is designed as an area of specialization for students pursuing a master's degree or a doctorate in disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or the professional schools at the University of New Mexico. The Graduate Certificate provides graduate students the opportunity to complete an education program that addresses the history and culture of women, the social structures of gender, and feminist perspectives on scholarship. Courses in Women Studies are also available to graduate students not pursuing the Women Studies certificate.

The Graduate Certificate is designed to be taken in conjunction with an M.A. or Ph.D. program in another department at UNM. Acceptance into a graduate degree program is required in order to be eligible to pursue the Women Studies Graduate Certificate.

Applications should include: 

  • Proof of admission into a graduate program at UNM
  • letter of intent addressing the applicant's background, any relevant experience s/he brings to Women Studies, and what s/he hopes to accomplish
  • Resume or Vita
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member on official letterhead
  • A current (unofficial) transcript 
  • Copy of an undergraduate transcript

Send Applications to:
The Director, Women Studies Program
Humanities Bldg, Room 441
MSC03 2155
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


The Graduate Certificate in Women Studies requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours (5 courses) at the graduate level.

Required Courses (2)

Students must take 6 hours of required coursework with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

  • WMST 510: Feminist Theory (3 credit hours)
  •  WMST 512: Feminist Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Ideally, students will take WMST 510 before WMST512. It is recommended that students take each of these courses early in their program.

Elective Courses (3)

Students must complete 9 hours (3 graduate level courses) from WMST, the student's home department  or in combination with appropriate courses from another department. Students will meet with the Women Studies Graduate Advisor for approval of elective courses in order to ensure a coherent program of study. Students must receive at least a grade of 3.0 in all classes. 

Once admitted to the certificate program , students must submit an "add a Transcripted Graduate Certificate" form, with a signature of approval from the Director of Women Studies to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Near the end of the completion of a student's graduate program, an "Application for Candidacy for the Doctoral or MFA Degree" form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.  Students must record the information related to their transcripted certificate program, including the list of courses completed to fulfill the requirements of the Women Studies Transcripted Certificate (item 12 on the form). 

The Application for Candidacy for the Doctoral or MFA Degree form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by October 1, if graduating the following spring, or April 1, if graduating the following fall.