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Certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies

The Certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies gives individuals access to intensive studies in interpersonal violence, independent of a degree program. This 15 credit hour certificate is ideal for individuals who may already have attained a Masters degree, are not interested in an advanced degree, or who are pursuing a graduate degree in a field they wish to augment with learning in interpersonal violence. Students in the certificate program will deepen their knowledge, gain expertise and build their skills as advocates and professionals in the gender-based violence field.

To complete the certificate, students will attend four (4) week-long intensive courses in Denver over the course of two years. The courses are as follows: 

  • Nature and Scope of Interpersonal Violence
  • Psychology of Interpersonal Violence 
  • Interpersonal Violence Law and Public Policy
  • Leadership, Advocacy and Social Change​

As a student in the certificate program, you will learn from faculty and lecturers who are highly regarded scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of interpersonal violence who bring expertise in public and non-profit management, criminal and social justice, women’s studies, sociology and law. Additionally, each class will feature nationally renowned speakers, conversations with experienced practitioners, and in-depth discussions with peers. Distinguished presenters have included Jeffrey Edleson, Olga Trujillo, Jacquelyn Campbell, Beth Richie, Evan Stark, Lundy Bancroft, and Barbara Hart.

Students interested in this program must apply and enroll within the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs. Click here​ to learn more about the application process. For additional information, please contact the Center on Domestic Violence at or (303) 315-2489. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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