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Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development

As demonstrated by research, publications, conference/seminars, and institutional participation, the field of gender and development (GAD) continues to grow. Gender is a critical variable in the analysis of development processes at both the micro and macro levels. Today, government and non-governmental organizations are paying increasing attention to the role of gender in development for reasons of equity and efficiency.

During the past three decades, GAD scholarship has advanced from having a primarily descriptive to an analytical focus. It has developed increasing sophistication in terms of theory, analysis, and application. GAD researchers at the University of Florida have expertise in theory, research, and application. They represent a broad array of academic disciplines, including Agronomy, Anthropology, Food and Resource Economics, Sociology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Women’s Studies, and others. The GAD Certificate offers students official recognition for the study of Gender and Development in these diverse fields.

Certificate Application

If you are interested in earning a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development, you must turn in two applications:

  1. First, please apply through the graduate school using this link:
  2. Second, please also follow the application process outlined for the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research detailed below and complete this application.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate in Gender and Development (GAD) is designed for graduate students from any disciplines who wish to focus on issues related to gender and development. All graduate students in an MA or PhD program from all colleges at UF are eligible to enroll in this program. Applications for the certificate must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator in Women’s Studies.

For the Certificate, students are required to earn 12 credit hours that include the following courses:

3 credit hours of Theory/methods course with WST designation—Choose from a core set of courses which includes:

    • WST 5933 Proseminar
    • WST 6508 Advanced Feminist Theory
    • WST 6935 Special Topics (Varies)

3 credit hours of a graduate level “SKILLS” course. (Chosen in consultation with student’s primary advisor. Skills courses should provide training in the tasks related to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development initiatives and/or planning and utilization of participatory methodologies.)

6 credits of graduate level electives with at least 50% gender content.

Certificate work must be graduate level work approved by the student’s Committee Chair, Center Graduate Coordinator and the Center Director via the Learning Assessment Outcome (LOA) form. Note: The student’s committee must consist of at least 1 faculty member affiliated with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

For the Graduate School Graduate Certificate Policy, please click on this link.




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