Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace & Security


The Gender, Peace, and Security Certificate provides Georgetown graduate students with a rigorous academic treatment of critically important but often overlooked issues. As the international community increasingly recognizes the value of women’s participation in peace and security efforts, the certificate focuses on topics related to gender dynamics and women’s experiences in conflict. It is not designed solely for those seeking careers in women’s issues, but also for those whose careers will demand an intersectional and comprehensive understanding of defense, development, and diplomacy theory and practice. 

The certificate is available to current Georgetown University graduate students. 


  • Provide essential analysis, expertise, and practical skills on issues in Gender, Peace, and Security.
  • Develop theoretical and substantive background necessary to understand, interpret, and explain complex global issues with a gender lens.


Course Requirements

To complete the certificate, students must complete 15 credit hours of coursework, including:

  • (3 Credits) MSFS 571/GOVT 570: Gender, International Security and Development (offered each spring).
  • (3 Credits) Two advanced modules or one advanced course offered by GIWPS. The topic and focus of the modules/course will rotate annually in order to appeal to various students, build skills, and prepare students for a range of careers. View our Fall 2020 courses
  • (9 Credits) Additional coursework related to gender and security, diplomacy, or development. Students can select from an approved list of courses, skills workshops, or a capstone project to fulfill this requirement. Any relevant coursework completed during the 2019/20 academic year can be counted towards this course requirement.

In addition, students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for Certificate courses.


More Information

Students interested in the GPS Certificate should contact Sarah Rutherford at