Masters Certificates

Certificate in Computational Social Science

All graduate students in degree-granting programs at the University of Chicago can earn a Certificate in Computational Social Science that will appear on their transcript. To do so, they must complete:

  • Perspectives on Computational Analysis
  • Perspectives on Computational Modeling
  • Computing for the Social Sciences (or another programming course based in Python or R)
  • An additional elective in computational social science (e.g. any other course with a MACS course listing)

These course requirements can be met in a single year or over several years of study.


Certificate in Education and Society

Students in all MA programs at the University can pursue a certificate in Education and Society. To qualify for the certificate, students must first apply and be accepted into a terminal Master’s program at the University.  Once accepted into such a program, students can declare their intention to complete a certificate in Education and Society. While students from any terminal MA program at the University of Chicago are eligible to complete this certificate, a recommended course of study is the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS).


  • Schooling and Social Inequality (EDSO 33006)
  • 3 additional education-related courses from our approved list (see the Committee on Education's website for all approved courses)
  • Two quarters of attendance at the weekly Workshop on Education, hosted by the Committee on Education
  • A major research paper (typically an MA thesis) with a substantial focus on education

Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies is open to any University of Chicago doctoral student, MAPSS student or Masters student in the Divinity School, who has completed the following requirements:

  • A graduate-level foundation course in gender and sexuality theory. The following courses will automatically be approved in 2019-20. Equivalent substitutes may be granted and should be requested prior to taking the course.
    • GNSE 41500 - Bodies of Transformation (Autumn 2019)
    • GNSE 44905 - Feminism and the Radical Democratic Imaginary: Futures Past (Autumn 2019)
    • GNSE 31400 - Advanced Theories of Gender and Sexuality (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 31562 - Third World Women’s Writings (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 32103 - Feminism and Anthropology (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 36885 - Queer Theory (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 42911 - Gender and Sexuality in South Asian Religions (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 44906 - Feminism and the Radical Democratic Imaginary, Part II (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 45112 - Anthropology of the Body (Winter 2020)
    • GNSE 51000 - Narrative in Crip and Queer Times (Spring 2020)
    • GNSE 33501 - Gender, Sex, and Empire (Spring 2020) 
    • GNSE 35550 - Feminist and Queer Literary Criticism (Spring 2020)
  • At least three additional courses in gender and sexuality studies. These may be cross-listed courses or equivalent non-cross listed courses approved by the graduate chair.
  • A major research paper with a substantial gender/sexuality component.
  • Participation in the Gender & Sexualities Studies Workshop.

All four courses must be taken for a “quality grade,” i.e., not an R or a P. Students wishing to receive the certificate should submit evidence of having fulfilled the requirements for approval to the Student Affairs Administrator, Bonnie Kanter.

Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Chicago offers a certificate (or option, for students enrolled in MAPH) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), open to all graduate students within the University. The LACS certificate/option provides proof of area studies specialization and will be noted on the transcript. Eligibility and requirements include:

  • All students who are enrolled full time in a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply for the LACS certificate/option.
  • All courses may be double counted toward both degree requirements and the LACS certificate/option.
  • All courses must be taken for a quality grade.

Learn more at the Center for Latin American Studies website.