Empowering Women SAWG Certificate

About the Empowering Women: South Asian Women & Girls Certificate at Loyola

From poverty to gender-based discrimination, South Asian women and girls face a wide variety of unique challenges. Through the Empowering Women: South Asian Women and Girls certificate program at Loyola, you will be prepared to empower and advocate for this underserved and high-need population, both locally and globally.

This fully online certificate program, the only one of its kind in the nation, will give you a greater understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of women from the South Asian region and culture. With the certificate, you will develop an awareness and understanding of the socio-psychological and cultural intersections of poverty, gender, and politics, particularly within the context of marginalized populations.

The Empowering Women certificate program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as graduate students and professionals across disciplines, including social work, theology, business management, nursing, law, education, and women and gender studies.

Program Structure

The Empowering Women: South Asian Women & Girls certificate can be pursued full-time and classes are held fully online.

Why Choose Loyola for the Empowering South Asian Women Certificate?

Complete your certificate 100% online

The six courses for the certificate program are offered fully online in 8-week modules.

Loyola's Empowering Women certificate is the first and only one in the nation to offer a curriculum focused exclusively on South Asian women and girls.

Build your knowledge and skills through a curriculum that includes policy, practice, materials, and lived experiences from the field.

Learn from scholars who have worked and studied in South Asia and whose research is focused on South Asian women and girls.

Deepen your studies through an optional immersive, three-country trip to India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Start taking courses in the fall semester and finish in just one year.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Social Work faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Empowering Women SAWG Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Empowering Women SAWG Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Empowering Women SAWG Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Empowering Women SAWG Certificate totals $13500.00, or 18 credit hours at a cost of $750.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Empowering Women SAWG Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Spring: January 15
Fall: July 15
Fall 2024 only: August 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Empowering Women SAWG Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please describe any experiences, and guiding values in wanting to work for the population of women, particularly Asian and South Asian women. State your general or specific needs for training and any known professional objectives that you want to fulfill with this Certification. Finally, list two work-avenues that you want to explore in working for women’s rights and wellbeing.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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