Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate

About the Gender Studies Certificate at Loyola

In our increasingly global world, migration issues have become front and center. While not always recognized as a factor in migration, gender influences reasons for migrating, such as who migrates and to where, the networks they use, opportunities and resources available during migration, and relations with an immigrant's country of origin.

The online Certificate in Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice at Loyola University Chicago challenges the idea that sex and gender are fixed categories and removed from migratory experiences.

In this one-of-a-kind program, you will learn about the factors that affect all aspects of the migration process, including the roles, expectations, and power dynamics associated with gender and sexual identity and expression. You will discover the importance of challenging power structures associated with migration and learn how to advocate for immigrants, refugees, and displaced individuals.

Program Structure

The online Certificate in Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice is a part-time, fully online program offered in collaboration with the School of Social Work. It can be completed in two semesters or in one summer session and one semester.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Online Certificate in Gender Studies?

At Loyola University Chicago, you will join an influential program that promotes global and community partnerships and makes a positive impact on the lives of immigrants.

Led by experts in migration, social justice, and gender studies

Learn from accomplished, international scholars that bring lived experience to the classroom. Many of our professors have studied outside of or immigrated to the United States, and most are native or near-native speakers of several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, and Russian.

The gender studies and migration certificate program at Loyola is unique in its approach to addressing the needs of immigrant, displaced, and refugee populations. Using an intersectional lens, the program challenges you to examine the influence of gendered agency, racial and sexual discrimination, and sexual identity on migratory experiences.

You can complete Loyola's migration and gender studies certificate program on the schedule that works for you. The certificate program is offered completely online and can be finished in just two semesters.

You will learn to analyze the ways in which gender justice is connected to larger social, economic, political, and cultural forces. You will also explore contemporary social justice concerns around migration.

Women's and Gender Studies Department

The Department of Women's Studies and Gender Studies has a four-part mission. To promote deeper understandings of feminist scholarship and gender theory across the humanities, social sciences, and applied professions. To provide innovative, challenging, and thoughtful approaches to teaching and learning for both students and faculty. To acknowledge and honor the diversity of our human community - especially regarding gender, race, class, and sexuality - while working toward social justice. To build and cultivate a community of scholars who are supportive of one another and who carry out our mission in daily practice. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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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 department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice 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 Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice 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

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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 Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate totals $13980.00, or 12 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

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Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a statement of purpose explaining why you are seeking the Gender Studies and Migration for Social Justice Certificate.

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

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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