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Program Requirements


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program should have an undergraduate degree of high standing in the social sciences or humanities with an overall grade of gayyid giddan or a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Those who lack this background but who are exceptionally qualified may be admitted provisionally. Provisional admission usually involves additional noncredit coursework to prepare the applicant for graduate work over one or two semesters. Provisionally accepted students must successfully complete the required prerequisites before being admitted to enroll in GWST graduate courses. Students are admitted to the graduate degree program in the fall semester and spring semester.

Course Requirements

Eight courses (24 credit hours) and a thesis are required for the MA. Six courses (18 credits) are required for the diploma. For more detail, click here.

MA Thesis

All MA students must complete a thesis according to University regulations. Students must register for GWST 599. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must have a thesis proposal approved by the IGWS Graduate Advisory Committee. Students should familiarize themselves with the specific procedural requirements of the IGWS thesis.

Degree Time Fulfillment

The MA in gender and women’s studies requires two years of study. The diploma requires one year of study.