Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Students pursuing a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies (WGS) may write either a thesis or a report at the end of their coursework. The thesis option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course. The report option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the report course.

All students must complete the following three core foundations courses in their first year: Women's and Gender Studies 390, Introduction to Women's and Gender StudiesWomen's and Gender Studies 391, Feminist Theories, and Women's and Gender Studies 392, Research Methods Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies. Students are required to meet weekly with the graduate adviser during their second year.

In addition, each student must demonstrate competence in the research skills appropriate to the student’s overall academic and career objectives and to the final thesis or report. A minimum of four additional courses related to women, gender, sexuality, or feminism may be selected from the extensive offerings of faculty members affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Other courses may be substituted with the graduate adviser’s approval.  

All WGS students must also present their work at least once during the Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference.

Dual Degree Programs

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other divisions of the University. More information is available from the graduate adviser in each program.

Field(s) of Study Degree(s)
Information studiesMaster of Information Studies
Public affairsMaster of Public Affairs