Master of Arts in the Field of Public Policy with a Concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A master's degree program in women's, gender, and sexuality studies offers a grounding in both feminist theory and empirical knowledge about the condition of women in the United States and around the world. Students may tailor an interdisciplinary program to meet a wide array of interests in either applied women's, gender, and sexuality studies or in advanced interdisciplinary or discipline-based scholarship. 

Graduates of the program apply their knowledge and skills to careers in government and as teachers, researchers, lobbyists, public affairs specialists, and advocacy organizations staff members; approximately one-third of program graduates go on to earn doctoral or other professional degrees. Credits earned in this program may be applied toward the Ph.D. in public policy, gender and social policy degree program.

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Program  Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, with or without a thesis.


WGSS 6220: Fundamentals of Feminist Theory (or alternative approved by advisor)

WGSS 6221: Research Issues in Women’s Studies

WGSS 6240: Women and Public Policy

Public policy core

ECON 6217: Survey of Economics I (PPPA 6002 or PPPA 6017 may be substituted with permission)

PPPA 6002: Research Methods and Applied Statistics

PPPA 6006: Policy Analysis

PPPA 6010: Politics & The Policy Process (advisor will approve alternatives when PPPA 6010 is not offered)

One of the following options:

Option A

WGSS 6998: Thesis

  & WGSS 6999: Thesis

Option B

WGSS 6283: Practicum in Women's Studies (taken for 6 credits)

Option C

WGSS 6295: Independent Research in Women’s Studies

  & WGSS 6283: Practicum in Women's Studies (taken for 3 credits)


9 credits in elective courses.

Master's comprehensive examination

All degree candidates are required to pass a master’s comprehensive examination.