When should I apply?
We encourage students to apply as early as possible in their graduate program, but Rackham requires that students wait to enroll until they have completed one full term of graduate study at U-M.
How do I register for WGS 890/892?
Students should contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Program Coordinator to get an override. Once the override is issued, the student can register through Wolverine Access. Students enroll under the section number assigned to their primary advisor.
Does my current certificate advisor need to be my advisor for my WGS 890/892 project?
No; as long as another relevant faculty member agrees to advise you, it can be somebody different. Please let the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Program Office know if you choose to change advisors.
Can I switch either my certificate or my 890/892 advisor?
You can switch advisors at any time with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
How long does the WGS 890/892 project need to be?
Both the type and length of the final project will vary depending on the discipline of the student. Students preparing to begin work on the WGS 890/892 project should review the specific guidelines for each certificate.
Can I complete my 890/892 project before I complete the other certificate coursework?
The 890/892 is meant to be a capstone experience and therefore should be informed by the other certificate coursework.
Are there any guidelines for the electives? What type of course is allowed to satisfy the elective requirements?
Women’s and Gender Studies courses, courses in your discipline that focus on women/gender/sexuality, or courses not primarily focused on women and gender, but where a paper or other product is produced that focuses on women/gender/sexuality may satisfy the elective coursework requirements. Coursework outside of the Women's and Gender Studies Department needs prior approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.
I am enrolled in a non-Rackham graduate or professional program (e.g., Social Work, Public Health, etc.). Is there anything special I need to do or keep in mind?
Yes, there are two things that you need to keep in mind:
- The application process is a bit different for students enrolled in a non-Rackham program. In addition to the Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate application, you must complete a Rackham application (including submitting official final undergraduate transcripts/credentials) and pay the Rackham application fee. Note that new test scores are not required.
- Any course that a student is using to fulfill requirements for a Rackham certificate must be registered through Rackham. Dual enrollment is permitted for students in a non-Rackham program concurrently pursuing a Rackham certificate.
Once I have completed all of the requirements, is there any paperwork I need to complete in order to receive my certificate?
All certificate students must apply for graduation via Wolverine Access in order to receive their certificate. (under Student Business—Apply for Graduation). If a certificate student is in a Master’s degree program or has received an embedded Master’s along the way to their PhD, they must also complete a dual/joint degree course election form. This form is used to verify that not more than one-sixth of the credit given for any master’s or intermediate degree is double-counted between the certificate and that master’s or intermediate degree program. Double-counted credits also may not exceed one-half of the certificate requirements. Such credit may not be counted toward the fulfillment of any further degrees or certificates.
Is there a time limit (i.e. maximum number of years allowed) to complete the certificate requirements?
Rackham’s Graduate Student Handbook states that students must complete all work for a Certificate and file the diploma application within four consecutive years of admission to the certificate program. Any requests for exceptions would need to be approved by the Rackham Graduate School.
When were the Certificate programs established?
The Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies was established in 1982 as an 18 credits program and changed to 15 credits in 1996. The Certificate in LGBTQ studies was established in 2006.