Human Sexuality Certificate

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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction and will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of spring semester 2020. Read the latest operational CCAPS updates as well as an April 2 update from Dean Bob Stine. For the latest information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please see the Safe Campus website.

Level: Graduate
Credits: 12
Tuition: $900.00/credit (resident and non-resident) plus fees
Schedule: Online, 7 weeks
Partnership: Offered in collaboration with the College of Continuing & Professional Studies

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 unique, non-clinical need and prepares you to bring applied solutions to real world sexual health crises.

This new post-baccalaureate Certificate in Human Sexuality is offered in partnership between the Medical School's Program in Human Sexuality and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Program features:

  • faculty who are professional experts working in the field
  • four online courses that can be completed over one academic year
  • applied final projects that let you take your learning into the real world
  • a diverse and inclusive student environment
  • coursework that can apply toward partial fulfillment of AASECT Sexuality Educator certification

Do you have more questions about this certificate program? Please contact Margo Gray (she/her and they/them) at



The certificate consists of four, 3-credit courses. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all degree course work to remain in good standing.

  • HSex 6001 Foundations of Human Sexuality
  • HSex 6011 Policy in Human Sexuality: Cutting Edge Analyses
  • HSex 6012 Sexual Function and Dysfunction
  • HSex 6013 Perspectives and Practices in Sexuality Education

Course descriptions are on the University Catalog.
Course details (date, time, instructor, etc.) are on the Class Search.

Additional related course: 
HSex 6014: Introduction to Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults



Fall Application Deadline: March 15

Spring Application Deadline: October 15

Apply Submit a Pre-advising Questionnaire

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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).

Application Instructions

Application Instructions

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. For the question, “What is your proposed major and degree objective?”, choose: Human Sexuality under “Twin Cities Campus Programs.”
  3. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Statement 1: Your personal statement (1-2 pages).
  • Statement 2: This statement is optional. 
  • Extenuating Circumstances: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, you must 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.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $75 ($95 for international) must be paid 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 Non-degree Students Form. Registration for non-admitted students is not available online.
  2. Email the form to Sarah Cook ( for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, Sarah 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 non-admitted students.