Graduate Certificate Program

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Gender, Race & Nations

Graduate Certificate

The academic programs of the School of Gender, Race & Nations provide both undergraduate and graduate course offerings.  These courses promote innovative approaches to the critical analysis of gender, race, and nations to better illuminate and address the interconnected and complex issues confronting today’s society.
 The newly created Gender, Race & Nations Graduate Certificate provides innovative approaches to investigate and address the complicated and interconnected issues of today's world.
Applications Deadlines, Winter - November 1, Spring - February 1, Summer - May 1, Fall - July 1

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race & Nations serves the needs of an array of professionals including policy makers, educators, urban planners, counselors, lawyers, civic leaders, and others whose careers can benefit by pursuing coursework on race, immigration, gender, sexuality, nationality, Indigeneity, power, intersectionality, and social justice.


Professionals in these fields are often faced with addressing the effects of inequality, disparities, historical trauma and marginalization among the populations they serve. The SGRN Graduate Certificate Program provides knowledge and skills to better serve their target populations through an activist, scholarly, and applied approach. 

Certificate Objectives

The overall focus of the certificate is to address a number of pressing concerns confronting students in the 21st Century. The GRN certificate will enable students to:

  • Promote innovative and nontraditional epistemological and methodological approaches to learning that are consistent with the communities served by some of the students;
  • Expand critical analytical frameworks of race, gender, and nations to better illuminate the interconnected and complex issues of today's society;
  • Engage in community-based research projects that incorporate Portland’s growing diversity; and
  • Develop collaborative leadership skills that better address diversity and equity initiatives.




The SGRN graduate certificate will serve students who would like to pursue further graduate interdisciplinary studies in our intersectional areas of research as well as students who would like a terminal professional degree related to the areas indicated in the above objectives. These will most likely be recent graduates seeking to pursue further work in the intersectionality represented by the School as a whole and/or current graduate students who would like to deepen their knowledge and add to their professional vitae by this additional graduate certificate, and/or professionals who would like to complement their knowledge-base in their own professions with a contemporary understanding of the academic studies of gender, race, and nation.

What is the structure of the graduate certificate?

The graduate certificate consists of 24 credits:

  • Required Courses (8 Credits)
    • GRN 515 - Constructions of Power and Knowledge
    • GRN 520 - Critical and Decolonizing Research Methodologies
  • Elective Courses (16 Credits)
    • Courses across all four units of the School of Gender, Race & Nations, as well as selected courses from other programs. For more information on pre-approved elective courses that you can braid into your certificate, schedule an appointment with our Program Advisor, Professor Sally McWilliams (
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AY21/22 Course Offerings for our Graduate Certificate

Curious about courses offered by the School of Gender, Race & Nations that you can apply to your Graduate Certificate? 

Gender Race & Nations Graduate Certificate

How to Apply

The application deadlines are as follows, Fall - July 1, Winter - November 1, Spring - February 1, Summer - May 1

New to Graduate Studies at PSU?

The GRN Graduate Certificate application consists of:

  • Application fee of $65 (the fee is waived for McNair scholars; contact the PSU Graduate School for details)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (for applicants whose first language is not English)
  • Statement of purpose (500 words) explaining your reasons for choosing to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race and Nations.
  • An unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended
  • Letter of Recommendation from one academic (or other) professional who can comment on your academic performance or attest to your skills as they pertain to your selected program of study.

Are you already a PSU Graduate Student?

The application process has never been easier. If you're interested in applying for the Gender, Race & Nations graduate certificate, please submit a Statement of purpose (500 words) explaining your reasons for choosing to undertake the Graduate Certificate. A GO-19 Form (available at the PSU Graduate School) which denotes your interest in adding the GRN Graduate Certificate as a concurrent program of study.

Once completed, the form should be emailed to our program coordinator, Josh Powell (, under the subject line "SGRN admissions Committee | GO-19 Application." Once the admissions committee has made a recommendation decision regarding your application, the form will be processed by the PSU Graduate School and you will receive an electronic notification of acceptance from our Program Coordinator.