Gender-Based Violence Certificate


Gender-Based Violence


The Graduate Certificate in Gender-Based Violence provides students with an advanced framework for understanding the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV), as well as training in applying this knowledge to advance the well-being, equality, and human rights of those most impacted. 

Students will have the opportunity to engage with activists, attorneys, and other stakeholders through videoconferences, internships, class projects, mentorships, and capstone projects.

Potential Students  

The Certificate Program will appeal to:

  1. practitioners who work in organizations focused on supporting survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence shelters, confidential survivor advocacy programs, Title IX programs, sexual and domestic violence prevention non-profits, and so on;
  2. practitioners interested in integrating an intersectional and social justice framework into their work;
  3. professionals who work with a large number of victims of gender-based crimes, such as law enforcement officers and medical professionals, and who want to learn trauma-informed and survivor-informed approaches;
  4. students with, or seeking a master’s degree in another field (social work, nursing) who want to enhance their skills and knowledge regarding domestic and sexual violence;
  5. students graduating from UA Bachelors or Masters programs such as Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology who want to pursue a specialization or new career track in a gender-based violence-related field (and who would otherwise leave UA for other higher education institutions).

We anticipate that some students who finish this Certificate will stay in the program and pursue our 30 credit MA in Human Rights Practice. 


This certificate is a partnership between the Human Rights Practice Program and the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, whose advisory board is comprised of renowned gender-based violence scholars, activists, and filmmakers.  The UA is also home to an exemplary pool of educators and scholars who engage in significant research on gender-based violence. Students will have the opportunity to work with expert faculty who operate in a broad range of disciplines and research worldwide issues.  Key faculty supporting this certificate include:

  • Amalia Mora, Manager, Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
  • Negar Katirai, Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic; Associate Clinical Professor of Law
  • William Paul Simmons, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Director the Human Rights Practice Program
  • Elise C. Lopez, Director, Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, Assistant Professor of Practice, Public Health
  • Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Professor and Department Head, Mexican-American Studies
  • Michelle Téllez, Assistant Professor, Mexican American Studies Benjamin Lawrance, Professor of African History
  • Mary A. Koss, Professor, Public Health, Regents Professor
  • Nicole Yuan, Associate Professor, Public Health
  • Sally Stevens, Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Domale Keys, Adjunct Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies

Core Courses

12 credits of core courses will be required: 

Elective Course

3 Elective Credits from courses related to the students’ interests. These may be from courses offered in the HRTS program, but courses from other departments can be taken with approval from the director of the HRTS program. Independent studies with faculty within or outside of the department can also fulfill the elective requirement upon approval.