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Online Graduate Certificate

online graduate certificate overview

Students may earn a 12-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies through an online program. The 12 credits are earned by taking up to four online courses offered during the academic year. The student does have the option to take classes on campus. Each individual student shall choose among the course offerings according to intellectual and/or professional interests. This program will primarily serve students who are unable to reside and study in the New Haven area for a sustained period of time. It also provides opportunities to local students who are unable to pursue on-ground graduate work in Women's Studies due to work, family, or other obligations or impediments.

The plan of study integrates scholarly inquiry, critical problem-solving methods, professional training, and the development of cooperative leadership skills. Graduate students may pursue the certificate as an elective option in a graduate degree program or as a free-standing interdisciplinary certificate for individuals holding bachelor's degrees.

    In the near future, the following departments and programs will be offering online interdisciplinary graduate courses in Women's Studies:
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Educational Foundations
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


The Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies requires 12 credits of course work. To encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and learning, the Women's Studies Program requires its certificate students to take no more than two courses in a single academic department. Students matriculated for a master's degree who are pursuing the on-line certificate as an elective option in their graduate degree program must take the three other courses outside their primary discipline. Students select these elective courses with advisers from the Women's Studies Program and the student's home department. All courses are at the graduate level unless the student obtains special permission.

Contact information

If you would like further information about the Online Graduate Certificate, please contact the Women's Studies office at (203) 392-6133 or email