WGSS Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements
Any applicant seeking to pursue a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies must submit an application at https://graduate.ku.edu/apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants who are not already enrolled in a KU graduate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA. These applicants should include the following materials in their application to the certificate program.
The applicant should address why the WGSS graduate certificate is relevant to their academic and/or professional goals. This statement should be no longer than one page, single spaced.
Applicants must provide a copy of an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions they’ve attended. Transcript(s) can be uploaded directly into the online application. If admitted, applicants must have an official, sealed transcript sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Applicants must request a letter of recommendation from two persons familiar with their academic work or potential for success in graduate study. Applicants will provide names and email addresses of their two references within the online application. References will be prompted via email to complete their recommendation online. Applicants can submit their application before the references have completed their recommendations.
All applicants to graduate study at the University of Kansas who are self-identified non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit https://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements for more information regarding verification of English proficiency.
Current KU Graduate Students
Applicants already in a KU graduate program must be in good standing with their home department to be eligible for admission the certificate program. Current KU graduate students must provide the following materials in their online application.
The applicant should address why the WGSS Graduate Certificate is relevant for the student, including for example how the course work and approaches would be relevant for the student’s career goals, theoretical development, methodological training, or scholarly aspirations. This statement should be no longer than one page, single spaced.
The applicant’s advisor should give a brief approval for the applicant to take on the additional coursework required for the WGSS Graduate Certificate. The advisor should also address why this specific coursework for the WGSS Graduate Certificate is relevant to the student’s academic and/or professional goals. This letter should be no longer than one page, single spaced.
Note: Current KU graduate students should enter their advisor from their home department as their first reference on the application. The application will require contact information for a second reference, but because current KU graduate students only need one, please use a personal/non-KU email address for the second reference.
You can find instructions to print a PDF of your advising report in the Advising Report Tutorial.
Thank you again for your interest in the WGSS graduate certificate program. If you have further questions after reviewing this material, please contact:
Jess Wagner, Graduate Academic Advisor