Graduate Programs

Graduate Program of CGS

The Center for Gender Studies, CGS, is the pioneer gender-focused teaching and research Center within the higher education system in Ethiopia. CGS, formerly known as the Center for Research Training and Information on Women in Development (CERTWID) and the Institute of Gender Studies (IGS),was established in September1991 through a project agreement between the Ethiopian Government and the UNFPA.Initially CERTWID was established as one of the units of the then Institute of Development Research (IDR) at Addis Ababa University. In September 2000, the centre became an independent unit, reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The University upgraded CERTWID to an independent Institute of Gender Studies in 2006, which then became part of the newly established College of Development Studies (CDS) in 2008. CGS is currently active in four major areas of focus namely research, publication and documentation, training and education (MA Program).


CGS has only one MA program in Gender Studies; it was found necessary to diversify the areas of specialization in gender studies. The MA program will soon have specialization tracks in selected areas and the first is hoped to be in gender and reproductive health.


The CGS has offices for staff and one library at Akaki Campus.

Students’ future career (graduate profile)

The Center launched its MA program in Gender Studies in 2005/06, where it has so far graduated 194 Students in 9 Batches at Master’s level; 36 students are currently pursuing their study21 of whomare expected to graduate by the end of the current academic year. The program started following persistent request and demand from employers, prominent stakeholders in the field and the government. Before the start of the MA program, the center used to offer coursesinGender and Development to postgraduate students in the Regional and Local Development Studies Program.
The Program generally aims at building Gender Studies as a full-fledged academic discipline with parallel infrastructural facilities and local staff training.

The Destinations of Graduates from the MA Program are:

  • Universities and Colleges
  • Governmental Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations

Admission requirements

At the time of application applicants must have a BA/BSc degree in any field of study. Admission is highly competitive and is based on performance in the entrance examination and the applicants’ undergraduate CGPA.


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