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Human Sexuality Certificate

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  • Level: Graduate
  • Credits: 12
  • Schedule: Fully online, 7 weeks
  • Partnership: Offered in collaboration with the Program in Human Sexuality
  • Fall 2020 Application Deadline Extended to July 1

Human sexuality, gender roles, and sexual behavior are an integral part of health care, social sciences, biological sciences, and culture. Broadening human sexuality education for a wider professional audience meets this nonclinical need. 

The online Human Sexuality Certificate is offered in partnership between the Medical School's Program in Human Sexuality and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Why Choose the Human Sexuality Certificate?

It's relevant. Those who work in the field of human sexuality can enhance their knowledge and credentials to earn a promotion or to specialize. Graduate students can take courses that may not be offered at their home university. 

It's accessible. Our fully online certificate is open to qualified applicants from around the globe. International students will have the opportunity to train in a subject that may be difficult to access in their countries.

The certificate features:

Required Courses (12 credits)

The certificate consists of four, fully online courses. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all degree coursework to remain in good standing.

Admission

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO JULY 1

Spring Application Deadline: October 15

Minimum requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA may be considered for the program. Explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Personal statement: 1−2 pages
  • Diversity statement: Optional 
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are optional. If you choose to submit letters, they should be solicited from individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or CV.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission. 

International Students

If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

  • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
  • Required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading.
  • Required MELAB score is 84.

How to Register for Graduate-Level Courses BEFORE Being Admitted to a Graduate Certificate

Up to 6 HSEX credits can be taken before admission and may applied to this certificate.

Follow these steps to register:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students Form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is $900.00 per credit for 2019−20.
  • You may also be charged additional fees

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Human Sexuality program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.

Steve Wicks

Or you can ask Steve a question at ccapssteve@umn.edu or 612-301-6127.

Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

Meet Steve

Steve works with prospective students who are interested in one of our graduate programs or certificates. He is happy to answer your questions about our degrees, admission requirements, and the application procedure. In his free time, he can usually be found in the woods or on the water, or cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams.

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