Gender Diversity

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Gender Diversity Studies post-master’s certificate is intended for practicing mental health professionals who would like more knowledge in the area of gender diversity. You will explore how gender is understood from various perspectives, as well as psychotherapy and counseling with individuals who identify as gender variant and their families. You will also examine psychosexual development, cultural and individual variations, gender identities and roles and legal aspects related to human sexuality and gender.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


Sexual Issues

This is a doctoral-level comprehensive course focusing on physiological, psychological, and social cultural variables associated with sexual identity, psychological, cultural, and biological aspects of human sexuality, including an overview of psychosexual development, cultural and individual variations, gender identities and roles, and legal aspects.


Dynamics of Family Interaction

This course examines the theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of marital and family systems. The specific focus of the course is on the processes and dynamics of interaction within these relationships. The course will include content on the history of family life, diverse family types, roles and rules in families, family problems and family health, and rituals in family life. Conceptualizations of effective functioning in marriages and families will be studied and various factors that impact marital and family systems will be addressed.


Psychology of Women

This is a doctoral-level course. Theories, research findings, and applications related to the psychology of women. Evaluation of critical contemporary social issues that impact women and girls.


Psychology of Gender

This doctoral-level course explores the way in which gender is understood from various perspectives including sociocultural, political, psychodynamic and biological perspectives. Issues of transgender and intersex variations will only be minimally discussed. Central to this course will be an opportunity to rethink and reintegrate ideas about gender differences by studying material across several cultures.


Psychological Aspects of Gender Variance

This is a doctoral-level course with a comprehensive focus on ethical, appropriate psychotherapy and counseling across the lifespan with individuals that identify as gender variant. The course addresses clinical competencies, theoretical approaches to understanding gender variance, and treatment modalities with both children and adults. The course assumes a basic working knowledge of the current thinking on transgender issues.


Psychology and the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Population

This is a doctoral-level course with a specific focus on advanced issues in psychotherapy and counseling with individuals who identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual (GLB). Clinical models, family function and dynamics, ethical principles, and counseling techniques will be explored.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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