Stand Alone Master's Degree in Women's and Gender Studies

Requirements for the Master of the Arts in Women's and Gender Studies

Candidates for the degree of Masters of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies must fulfill the residence requirement of one full year of coursework (eight semester courses), and successfully complete the following course requirements:

A. WMGS 205a, the graduate foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies (usually offered in the fall semester).

B. A course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 208b, usually offered in the spring semester) or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies).

C. Six elective graduate courses, four of which must be cross listed with WMGS. Students must complete a coherent course of study that is approved by a faculty advisor. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

E. MA Paper Requirement: Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally 25-40 pages) on a topic related to the course of study. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom must be a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty. In consultation with the primary advisor, a student may register for WMGS 299a, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.