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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students in the WGSS Certificate program develop advanced fluency in theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality as connected to other systems of power, including race and racism, nation and colonialism, disability and ableism, and class and capitalism. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary research methodologies, public humanities, the creation of original scholarship and creative work, and research justice in collaboration with marginalized communities. Students can pursue the WGSS Certificate as a stand-alone program, or in combination with a Master’s Degree at Cal State LA.

The Certificate program is designed for students who have already earned a B.A. degree to advance to graduate study in a wide range of disciplines, including Feminist and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Law, Social Work, Public Health, Sociology, English, and others.  Many students in the WGSS Certificate program are working professionals in social services, museums, K-12 schools and universities, media, advertising, human resources, and community-based organizations who seek additional knowledge and skills related to issues of gender and sexuality. 

Our alumni from the Certificate program include college professors, high school teachers, librarians, medical school and law school students, social workers, anti-violence community organizers and trainers, and more!

The total number of units required for Post-Bacc. Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is 6 units in the WGSS core requirements, and 9 units of electives. Students pursuing a Master’s in another discipline at Cal State LA may double-count some of their WGSS Certificate courses towards their graduate program.

Enroll in the Post-Bacc. Certificate in WGSS

Post-Bacc. Certificate in WGSS for current Master’s students at Cal State LA

If you are enrolled or admitted in a Master’s degree program at Cal State LA, you do not need to apply separately to the WGSS Certificate program. Email the WGSS Department Chair to enroll in the program.

Post-Bacc. Certificate in WGSS for non-Master's students

If you are not enrolled in an M.A. program at Cal State LA, you must apply for graduate admission in order to enroll in the Post-Bacc. Certificate program. Go to CSU Apply, select “Post-Bacc. Certificate” for “highest degree desired," and then select the WGSS Certificate at Cal State LA.  Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and meet the CSU’s minimum requirements for graduate admission, as defined here. Our program does not require an application essay, GRE scores, or letters of recommendation.

The application deadline for Fall admission is May 31st of the same calendar year, and for Spring admission on November 1st of the previous year.