The Graduate Program in Women's Studies offers a Certificate in Feminist Studies for students enrolled in graduate PhD programs.

Currently, the Program in Women's Studies does not offer a terminal graduate degree. However, we do offer a Certificate in Feminist Studies that gives students the opportunity for advanced training in the field; prepares them for a variety of jobs, including those in the academy; and provides a community of scholars dedicated to the study of gender, race, sexuality, and nation. Students earning the Certificate are given priority in the selection of teaching and research assistantships in Women's Studies and are eligible to apply for Dissertation Fellowships offered by the Program.

In addition to the Certificate, the program sponsors a yearlong, non-credit interdisciplinary research seminar for all graduate students. Known as the Graduate Scholars Colloquium, this seminar meets monthly for dinner and discussion, and is led by two student leaders. You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to participate in the Graduate Scholars Colloquium.

Students in Duke's Divinity School are encouraged to look into the Certificate Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry.

For additional information (including the application for the Certificate program) please see the links at left or contact Director of Graduate Studies Ara Wilson, at 919-684-9179.

For more information about The Graduate Program in Women's Studies contact:

Ara Wilson

  • 210 East Duke Building
  • Campus Box 90760
  • Phone: (919) 684-9179
  • Fax: (919) 684-4652

How to Apply

If you are currently a Duke PhD student in theGraduate School and would like to enroll in the Women's Studies Certificate Program, please complete the online application.

The Graduate School

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the dean.  The Graduate School welcomes applications from students holding a US bachelor's degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited institution. For more information, please go to the Graduate School's admissions site.

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