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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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.

WSTU 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory *
WSTU 6221Research Issues in Women’s Studies
WSTU 6225Contemporary Feminist Theory *
One of the following:
WSTU 6283Practicum in Women's Studies (taken for 6 credits)
WSTU 6283
WSTU 6295
Practicum in Women's Studies
and Independent Research in Women’s Studies (taken for 3 credits each)
WSTU 6998
WSTU 6999
Thesis Research
and Thesis Research (taken for 3 credits each)
21 credits in elective courses. Students choose four graduate courses (12 credits) in their chosen discipline or topical concentration and three courses (9 credits) in courses related to their program of study. **
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination is required.

*WSTU 6220 Fundamentals of Feminist Theory, usually taken in the fall semester of the first year, or an alternative course approved by advisor; WSTU 6225 Contemporary Feminist Theory or a women's studies theory course or other alternative course approved by the advisor; WSTU 6221 Research Issues in Women’s Studies taken in the fall semester of the second year.

**Students may take more than four courses in their discipline or topical concentration. For assistance with course selection, students should locate a mentor in the relevant department as early as possible.

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