Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies

Admission to Program

In order to be admitted to the program, students must meet all general university requirements. The most competitive candidates will have a minimum of nine to 12 undergraduate WGS or equivalent units with previous work in the feminist study of some or all of the following areas: race, gender, sexuality, colonialism, labor, disability. Students are expected to possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units attempted for the bachelor's degree.

Applicants must provide the department graduate admissions committee with the following items:

  1. transcripts of all previous course work;
  2. a written statement of background, intentions, and goals, including experience in Women and Gender Studies and with women's issues, rationale for pursuing the M.A., and relation of the M.A. in Women and Gender Studies to prior academic work and to career objectives;
  3. two letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's scholarly ability.

For admission, applications are due February 1.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

The University has a requirement for written English proficiency that is to be assessed at two different levels.

Level One

Evaluated on pre-admittance writing sample.

Level Two

Evaluated through written portions of the culminating experience of WGS 894, WGS 895, or WGS 898.

Advancement to Candidacy

The Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) is filed after the student has completed a minimum of 12 units, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and not later than the semester before graduating. Once the ATC is approved, the student is advanced to candidacy.

Women and Gender Studies (M.A.) — 30 Units

Core Courses (18 Units)

WGS 700Introduction to Graduate Study3
WGS 710Feminist Social Movements3
WGS 712Queer Theories3
WGS 713Intellectual Genealogies3
WGS 720Feminist Pedagogies3
or WGS 798 Feminist Internship: Gender and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
WGS 820Feminist Research Methods3

Culminating Experience (3 Units)

Select one of the following on advisement:
WGS 894Creative Work Project3
WGS 895Field Study Project3
WGS 898Master's Thesis3

Related Field Units (9 Units)

(upon approval of graduate advisor)