Graduate Education

We offer a Human Sexuality Graduate Certificate program that provides the core knowledge area training necessary to work toward the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification as a sex educator, counselor, or therapist. We are an AASECT-approved CE provider. 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 nonclinical need. The online Human Sexuality Certificate is offered in partnership between the Medical School's Institute for Sexual and Gender Health and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. 

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 certificate is 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.

The certificate features:

"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 resumé and work toward AASECT certification."  Human Sexuality student

Courses

Courses

HSEX 6001: Foundations of Human Sexuality
3 credits; required for the graduate certificate, open to graduate students in all disciplines, post-bac students taking courses individually can enroll with permission of instructor. 
Instructor: Jennifer Vencil, PhD

HSEX 6011: Policy in Human Sexuality: A Cutting Edge Analysis
3 credits; open to graduate students in all disciplines, post-bac students taking courses individually can enroll with permission of instructor. 
Instructor: Sonya Laddon Rahders, JD

HSEX 6012: Sexual Function and Dysfunction
3 credits; open to graduate students in all disciplines, post-bac students taking courses individually can enroll with permission of instructor. 
Instructors: Leonardo Candelario-Perez, PhD,  and Abby Girard, PsyD

HSEX 6013: Perspectives and Practices in Sexual Health Education
3 credits; open to graduate students in all disciplines, post-bac students taking courses individually can enroll with permission of instructor. 
Instructors: Michael Ross PhD, MD, MPH, MHPEd, and Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH

HSEX 6014: Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults
3 credits; open to graduate students in all disciplines, post-bac students taking courses individually can enroll with permission of instructor. 
Instructors: Katie Spencer, PhD; Nic Rider, PhD; Taymy Caso, PhD

Graduate Certificate Admission

Graduate Certificate Admission

Graduate Certificate Admission

Fall Application Deadline (extended for 2021): June 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. 

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. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • 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.

Transcripts

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 is due 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.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is $900.00 per credit for 2020−21.

  • You may also be charged additional fees

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.