Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program


UMass Dartmouth's Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the position of women in society. Courses draw upon such fields as economics, history, literature, political science, and sociology, as well as feminist thought and methodology.

The Women's and Gender Studies Certificate fosters an active examination of the varying influences upon women's and men's lives such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, and age. The program provides students with an opportunity to:

  • Think about the construction and influences of gender in contemporary society
  • Discover the historical factors that have shaped the current status of women from varying backgrounds and countries
  • Explore paths to achieve equality for all people

The Goals of the Program are for students to:

  • Understand the historical, social, and political contexts of women's movements and feminist thought
  • Understand feminist theories and apply them in critiquing and transforming their world
  • Connect the women's movements and feminist theory to other social justice movements and theories

WMS courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences teach students to:

  • Identify and evaluate the social construction of gender and the ways gender intersects with other forms of identity
  • Understand the gendering of our socioeconomic and political worlds and the individual and collective components of social change
  • Identify, compare, and evaluate culturally and historically specific ideas of gender, sex, and sexuality
  • Apply a critical feminist perspective to the study of literature and the arts

Learn more about this program:

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Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $996
College Fee $51
Library Access Fee $18
Technology Fee per course $150
Registration Fee (per semester) $30
Total for a three credit course* $1245

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
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  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President’s Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
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  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
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  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
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  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Students with an earned high school diploma are eligible for the undergraduate program. Completion of the certificate will enhance a student's current career or assist in the development of new jobs skills. For example, successful students will find themselves with an increased understanding of women's experiences in the workplace, as well as a fuller understanding of issues of difference that affect social interactions.

Admission & Degree Requirements

  • A High School diploma is required
  • Students are responsible for all pre-requisites to all courses 

Students must follow the complete admissions guidelines outlined through Professional and Continuing Education:

A $30.00 application fee is needed at the time of processing. You will not be able to submit your application without credit card payment of the non-refundable application fee at the time of submission. We currently accept Visa and MasterCard. The process should take approximately 10 minutes.

Plan of Study: 

The curriculum for the Women's and Gender Studies Program Certificate includes:

  • WMS 101: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WMS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • One upper level feminist theory course (WMS 302: Global Feminism; WMS 305: Contemporary Feminist Theory and Practice; WMS 306: Third Wave Feminism; or WMS 307: Ecofeminism: Theory and Practice)
  • One 300-level WMS elective in Humanities
  • One 300-level WMS elective in Social Sciences

Total: 15 credit hours

Out of the 15 credit hours for the undergraduate certificate, nine need to be at the upper level.

Students are responsible for pre-requisites to all courses.

Students can complete the certificate online within in two semesters.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status.  Please check with your advisor to determine your eligibility.

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