Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. – Havelock Ellis

I truly feel that there are as many ways of loving as there are people in the world and as there are days in the life of those people. – Dr. Mary S. Calderone

Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) houses one of the only doctoral programs in human sexuality studies at a fully accredited university in the United States. Our graduates are pioneering sexologists who take on leadership roles worldwide as clinicians, educators, and sexuality researchers.

CHSS offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs to prepare future and current professionals to teach, consult, provide counseling and therapy, and conduct research in a variety of settings on complex issues related to human sexuality. 

Degree Programs

The master of education (MEd) at CHSS is the practitioner-level training for sexuality professionals. With two tracks, human sexuality – sex therapy and human sexuality – sexuality education, the center trains professionals in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with individuals and groups around the myriad sensitive issues in human sexuality.

The doctorate of philosophy (PhD) at CHSS develops leaders who actively participate in the scholarly discourse in human sexuality. The program begins with the practitioner-level of training for sexuality professionals and culminates with scholar-level training. PhD students are trained to take their practice into research, contributing to the literature in the field and using those contributions to inform practice.

Why Widener?


  • Weekend and weeknight classes for working professionals and commuters from across the country
  • Full- and part-time options with reasonable tuition costs

Exceptional Training

  • Supervised field experience during practicum placement 
  • Use of current educational philosophies and methodologies appropriate for adults with varied learning styles
  • Emphasis on affective learning and cutting-edge strategies in training sexologists
  • Use of a biopsychosocial model to promote a comprehensive understanding of the development and practice of human sexuality through the lifespan within specific social, cultural, and political contexts

Widener and AASECT

For students interested in seeking AASECT Certification as a sexuality educator or sex therapist, the CHSS curriculum includes many of the required elements towards certification. As a part of completing the coursework for the MEd, students will have surpassed the AASECT requirements of 90 hours of academic course work in the Core Knowledge Areas and Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR). During the coursework and Practicum experience, CHSS students also have several opportunities to accrue hours towards the required professional experience hours.


Widener's Center for Human Sexuality Studies provides graduate courses in the evenings.