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

Along with courses in feminist theory and empirical knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality in the United States and around the world, students take at least four policy courses in the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Through the program’s interdisciplinary curriculum, students learn to analyze policies and structures of power, particularly as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality.

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 PhD in public policy, gender and social policy degree program. 

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits. Students must complete either a thesis or practicum and a master's comprehensive examination.

Required (36 credits of coursework with or without a thesis)
WGSS 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6221Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Public Policy Core
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
And one of the following: an additional PPPA course, PHIL 6230, PHIL 6242, WGSS 6265, or SOC 6265.
6 credits from one of the following options:
WGSS 6283Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
or
WGSS 6283
WGSS 6295
Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
and Independent Research in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
or
WGSS 6998
WGSS 6999
Thesis Research
and Thesis Research
Electives (9 credits)
All candidates are required to pass a Master's Comprehensive Examination

This program is affiliated with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration