The M.A. Experience

Susan Blampied

"Doing the Joint Degree provided me with the opportunity to look at both the practical and theoretical aspects of my research interests, which has allowed me to grow as a development practitioner and as a specialist in the field."

Susan Blampied, M.A. '12

Joint M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and Sustainable International Development, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

For the complete list of the Womens' and Gender Studies Program courses, see the listing on the Registrar's web site.

Graduate students may also enroll in cross-registered courses with the following schools: Boston College, Boston University and Tufts University.
For more information on cross-registration, please visit the GSAS website

Requirements

Requirements for the Master of 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. Joint 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.

Joint Degrees

 

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

Program of Study

Candidates for the joint degree of Master of Arts in anthropology & Women's and Gender Studies fulfill the residence requirement of one full year of course work (eight semester courses), and complete the following course requirements:

A. ANTH 201a History of Anthropological Thought (or ANTH 203b Contemporary Anthropological Theory, by petition).

B. ANTH 244a Gender and Sexuality Seminar, new spring 2014 (or ANTH 144a Anthropology of Gender, by petition).

C. WMGS 205a or another course designated as a graduate foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

D. A course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 208b or the feminist inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies).

E. Four elective graduate courses, including one in Women's and Gender Studies, from a field other than anthropology, selected with the approval of the student's faculty adviser. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

F. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the anthropology department and one of whom is 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,b, "Master’s Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

G.  The program may take an additional one or two semesters to complete as an Extended Master's student.

 

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

Program of Study

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Five additional courses in the English department selected from 100-level courses and graduate seminars (200-level courses). At least three of these courses must be at the 200 level. One of these courses must be listed as an elective with the Women's and Gender Studies program. ENG 200a (Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies) is optional but recommended. (ENG 352a/b cannot be counted towards the 200-level requirement.) Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. One Women's and Gender Studies course in a department other than the English department.

E. Language requirement: A reading knowledge of a major foreign language (normally modern European or classical Greek or Latin) must be demonstrated by passing a written translation examination. The completion of the language requirement at another university does not exempt the student from the Brandeis requirement.

F. Joint MA paper requirement: Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, at least one of whom is a member of the English department, and at least one of whom is 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,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

 

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

Program of Study

During the course of their work toward the PhD, students in history may earn a joint MA with Women's and Gender Studies by completing the following requirements in conjunction with program requirements for the MA.

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two elective courses in Women's and Gender Studies, one inside and one outside the history department. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. Completion of a master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the history department and one of whom is 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,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

 

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

During the course of their work toward the PhD, students in music may earn a joint MA with Women's and Gender Studies by completing the following requirements in conjunction with program requirements for the MA.

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two courses at the graduate level listed as electives in Women's and Gender Studies, one in music and one from another department. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. Two courses at the graduate level in the music department.

E. Attendance at all departmental musicology colloquia.

F. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the music department and one of whom is 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,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

Residence Requirement

One year.

 

Requirements for the Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies

Students interested in the joint two-year terminal M.A. degree program must first be admitted to the M.A. degree program in NEJS in the regular manner.

Program of Study

Courses must include:

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two elective courses in Women's and Gender Studies, one inside and one outside the NEJS department. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. The remaining courses must be jointly approved by each student's NEJS adviser and by the NEJS Women's and Gender Studies adviser.

E. Successful completion of one of the following: a comprehensive examination, a culminating project or a Master’s thesis. If a Master’s thesis encompasses both a NEJS and a WGS component it will satisfy requirement G below.

F. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department and one of whom is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty. NEJS 299b Master's Thesis may be taken for credit one semester only.

G. All candidates are required to demonstrate language proficiency, normally in biblical or modern Hebrew or Arabic. The language requirement for Hebrew or Arabic may be fulfilled in one of two ways:

1. By enrolling in and receiving a grade of B- or higher in a 40-level or higher Hebrew or Arabic course, or by passing a classical Hebrew text course, or modern Hebrew literature course taught in Hebrew;
2. By passing the language examination offered by the advisor or by the Hebrew faculty or Arabic faculty.

H. All candidates for the Master of Arts degree are required to pass a comprehensive examination.

Residence Requirement

Ordinarily, two years of full-time residence are required at the normal course rate of seven courses each academic year. Students who enter with graduate credit from other recognized institutions may apply for transfer credit for up to four courses, or, with prior approval of the M.A. adviser, candidates may receive transfer credit for up to four courses at a university abroad.

 

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

Interested students must first be admitted to the PhD program.

A. PSYC 210a and b (Advanced Psychological Statistics I and II).

B. PSYC 211a (Graduate Research Methods in Psychology).

C. PSYC 300a and 302a (Proseminar in Brain, Body and Behavior I and II).

D. A PSYC course numbered PSYC 220 through PSYC 240 with successful completion of first-year research project in psychology, reported in APA manuscript format. This project must be on an issue relevant to women's and gender studies, and will be read, and must be accepted by two faculty members from the psychology department, one of whom should be a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty. If neither faculty member is associated with Women's and Gender Studies, then a third faculty member from the Women's and Gender Studies program must be included on the review committee. This paper will serve as the Master's research paper.

E. A course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 208b or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.

F. One additional course from 100-level courses in psychology.

G. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

H. Two elective courses in Women's and Gender Studies.

I. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the psychology department and one of whom is 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,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

 

Requirements for the Joint Degree of Master of Public Policy in Social Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies

Program of Study

Students must fulfill all core requirements for the MPP as described in the Heller School section found elsewhere in this Bulletin as well as the following:

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two elective graduate courses in Women's and Gender Studies (one inside the Heller School and one outside the Heller School). Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course.

D. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The MPP Capstone policy paper can fulfill this requirement as long as it is on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, at least one of whom is a member of the Heller School faculty, and at least one of whom is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty.

E. Courses in both programs will be reviewed to determine which would satisfy the requirements for both programs.

Please refer to the Heller School section found elsewhere in this Bulletin for complete information on MPP policies and procedures.

Please refer to The Heller School section found elsewhere is the Brandeis University Bulletin for complete information on MPP policies and procedures.

 

Requirements for the Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Social Policy and Women's and Gender Studies

Program of Study

Interested students must first be admitted to the PhD program.

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two courses cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies (one inside the Heller School and one in any department other than the Heller School). Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Heller School faculty and one of whom is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty.

Please refer to The Heller School section found elsewhere is the Brandeis University Bulletin for complete information on Ph.D. policies and procedures.

 

Requirements for the Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies for Terminal Master's and Doctoral Students

Program of Study

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two elective graduate courses in Women's and Gender Studies, one inside and one outside the sociology department. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. Three graduate sociology courses (one theory, one outside the area of gender, and one elective, which could be a directed reading).

E. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members one of whom is a member of the Sociology department, and one of whom is 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,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

Language Requirement
There is no foreign language requirement for the joint Master's degree.

Residence Requirement
One year.

 

Requirements for the Joint Degree of Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development & Women's and Gender Studies

 Program of Study

Students must fulfill all first-year requirements for the M.A. in Sustainable International Development as described in the Heller School section in the "Brandeis University Bulletin" as well as the following:

A. WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.

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

C. Two elective graduate courses in Women's and Gender Studies (one inside the Heller School and one outside the Heller School).

D. Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Heller core or adjunct faculty and one of whom is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty.

E. Participation in the SID/MA Capstone Week.

F.  Courses in both programs will be reviewed to determine which would satisfy the requirements for both programs.