Master of Arts in the Field of 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.

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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 an alternative course approved by the advisor)

WGSS 6221: Research Issues in Women’s Studies

WGSS 6225: Contemporary Feminist Theory (or an alternative course approved by the advisor)

One of the following options:

Option A

WGSS 6998: Thesis Research

  & WGSS 6999: Thesis Research

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)


12 credits in a discipline or topical concentration approved by advisor.

9 credits in additional elective courses.

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

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