Human sexuality, gender roles, and sexual behavior are integral parts 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 a fully online, 12-credit graduate credential developed in partnership with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School.
This certificate, stacked with either the Sex Therapy Certificate or Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Certificate, can be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health degree.
"If Human Sexuality is a passion of yours and will be a part of your day-to-day life, this certificate is a great way to boost your résumé and work toward AASECT certification." — Human Sexuality Certificate student
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 human sexuality courses are 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.
It's a career booster. This credential can give you a valuable edge. Human sexuality courses are often left out of standard training curricula for many jobs; showing expertise in this area will set you apart.
The certificate features:
- faculty who are professional experts working in the field.
- four online human sexuality courses that can be completed over one academic year.
- applied final projects that let you take your learning into the real world.
- as an AASECT approved CE provider, HSEX coursework can apply toward partial fulfillment of AASECT Sexuality Educator certification.
- a diverse and inclusive student environment.
Courses (12 credits)
The Human Sexuality certificate consists of 12 credits of online coursework. Maintain a 2.8 cumulative GPA for all degree coursework to remain in good standing. Each HSEX course is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) for 35 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information on AASECT certification, please contact email@example.com.
Fall Application Deadline: March 15
Spring Application Deadline: October 15
We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.
- 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).
- First, access the online application.
- All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.
- 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.
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.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.
A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission.
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:
- Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students Form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
- 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.
- Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
- You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.
More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.
Careers in Human Sexuality
Some occupations our graduates may take include:*
- Health Educators
- Social Services Specialists
- Registered Nurse
- Community Health Specialist
- Community Managers
- Program Manager
- Youth Services Coordinator
* Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insights™, accessed 8/13/21
Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or to schedule an appointment.
Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.
The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.
You can learn more about the Human Sexuality program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.
Or you can give Steve a call at 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.
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.