Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Graduate Program

Factors of gender and sexuality have a multifaceted effect on both individuals and society as a whole. Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies graduate program students learn advanced knowledge about feminist concerns throughout history and into contemporary times. By studying literature and culture, graduate students build theoretical knowledge about feminist advocacy, develop analytical skills and gain a stronger understanding of gender identities. These lessons help graduates affect positive societal changes for all genders while increasing their ability to succeed in careers like education, media, politics, counseling and more.

Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies allows graduate students already enrolled in a Temple University graduate degree program to develop methodological and theoretical expertise in the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies while simultaneously fulfilling the graduate requirements for their degree-granting department. Students in the Certificate program join and benefit from a community of graduate students and faculty committed to the study of gender and sexuality in a wide range of disciplines.

Students who are not enrolled at Temple but are enrolled in a graduate-degree program at another university may also apply for the GSWS graduate certificate program.

Job Prospects

The GSWS Graduate Certificate is a credential that enhances students’ prospects in today’s highly competitive academic job market by signaling a demonstrated interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students are able to apply the expertise they gain in the Certificate program to their scholarly research and teaching interests. Many colleges and universities are looking for job candidates that can both teach mainstream courses in academic departments as well as teach courses that focus on gender and/or sexuality within those departments. All of these factors make the GSWS Graduate Certificate both intellectually enriching and practically useful.


Temple graduate students must complete an internal application form.

Graduate students enrolled at another university should contact Stephanie Morawski, Program Administrator, at for an external application form.

For more detailed information about the graduate certificate, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.


Heath Fogg Davis
819 Anderson Hall

Undegraduate Advisor:
Rujuta Chincholkar-Mandelia
816 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-6953

Stephanie Morawski
1041 Anderson Hall
(215) 215-204-8516