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The Advanced Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Plus (LGBTQ+) Studies advances knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increases understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic/racial, and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities.  The focus is on the changing nature of same-sex desire, sexual behavior, and same-sex relationships from antiquity to the present. Courses focus on emerging LGBTQ+ subcultures and identities from a global perspective. Throughout the program of study, students will carefully consider the full range of genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, classes, physical abilities, religions, and political persuasions that characterize current LGBTQ+ movements and communities.  Courses are designed to provide students with a comprehensive, integrated, and scholarly education. The certificate also exposes students to community service and activism via a large selection of internships.

The Advanced Certificate was created because of the large number of SDSU graduate students conducting thesis research on LGBTQ+ topics, graduate students who have enrolled in LGBTQ+ internships, graduate students attending Lavender Graduation, and undergraduates graduating with majors or minors in LGBTQ+ studies. The Advanced Certificate is intended for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in LGBTQ+ topics, graduate students conducting research on LGBTQ+ issues within their academic discipline, and/or those seeking future employment in LGBTQ+ organizations. SDSU is the first CSU with a graduate-level certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies and the first in California to have such a certificate program.

Students who are currently enrolled as SDSU graduate students:

  • Make an appointment with the LGBTQ+ Studies advisor in order to fill out the Request for Permission to Enter an Advanced Certificate Program Form and then take the signed form to the Graduate Division in SSW
  • But students who are graduating from their MA program before completing the certificate do need to apply via grad admission (see below) to continue in the certificate program.

Students who are NOT currently enrolled as SDSU graduate students:

  • To be considered for graduate admission at San Diego State University, you must follow the process outlined below. For more detailed information regarding the admissions process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Website.

Step 1: Email Graduate Advisor Esther Rothblum [email protected] of your intent to apply.

Step 2:  Complete the Cal State Apply Application by March 1

Each applicant must submit the California State University common application electronically to at the Cal State Apply website along with the $70 nonrefundable application fee. Once you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, you will be assigned a RedID number, which will be e-mailed to you within 3-5 business days.  Your RedID number will allow you to track the status of your application through the SDSU Webportal.

Step 3: Complete the LGBTQ+ Studies application on Interfolio by March 1

This application will ask for general information as well as a Statement of Purpose and  your unofficial transcripts.

You also need to have official transcripts sent from each institution of higher learning.

We do not require GRE scores, letters of recommendation, or a resumé, although these can be provided if students wish. However, international students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Catalog Description

The advanced certificate requires 12 units to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 598; nine units from English 550, 625*, 725*; History 583*, 640*; Religious Studies 581*;Women’s Studies 535, 540, 545, 606, 608, 610. A minimum of six units required at the 600- or 700-level. Additional courses are acceptable with approval of the adviser. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to a master’s degree (if applicable) with approval of the adviser. For further information, contact the graduate adviser at 619-594-6662.

*With approval of adviser