Brandeis faculty and alumni are in the vanguard of feminist scholars worldwide. The Brandeis University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) provides a strong grounding in discipline-specific studies along with an interdisciplinary education in the theories, methods and scholarship of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. By introducing current research in a range of fields, the MA degrees create cross-disciplinary dialogue and prepare students for intellectual leadership in careers as diverse as public policy, education, social service, law, management, and writing. Doctoral students will find that our curriculum is excellent preparation for teaching in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and in their chosen disciplines.

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program offers several joint MA programs (please see the list below under “Degree Options”). The joint master's degree in women's, gender, and sexuality studies and another discipline may be pursued independently or in conjunction with a PhD in one of several fields. There is no PhD offered solely in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; all the degrees we offer are on the MA level. Students pursuing the MA degrees are encouraged to enroll in courses offered by the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, and UMass Boston).

Degree Options


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Master's Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Joint MA: For information on admission deadlines, please go here and refer to the deadlines under the home department in which you would be pursuing a joint degree.     

Admission Requirements

Application requirements are below for the Joint MA programs:

To apply for the Joint MA programs:

For specific admission requirements for the other joint MA programs, please refer to the deadlines under the home department in which you would be pursuing a joint degree. Note that GRE scores are required for all joint MA programs with WGS in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Post Brandeis, about one-third of our recent graduates enroll in PhD programs at prestigious universities, and two-thirds of our graduates enter the workforce in fields as diverse as law, advocacy, research, and higher education.

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.