Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The standalone master's degree in Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies will be on hiatus for the 2019–2020 academic year. Please review the WGS joint master's degree options or email Shannon Kearns about which program might be the right fit for you.

The master of arts degree is a full-time program that offers solid grounding in feminist and gender theory, knowledge, and methodologies. It’s flexible, too, so you can choose to specialize in one area, including one of our areas of strength: gender and legal studies, sexuality studies, social and public policy, comparative literature and culture.

You may also pursue a joint MA degree in another discipline: anthropology, English, Near Eastern and Judaic studies, public policy, sociology, or sustainable international development. This can take one to two years, and requires completion of a research paper.

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis faculty and alumni are among our nation’s foremost feminist scholars. Our program will give you 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 — both the stand-alone master’s degree and the joint degrees — create cross-disciplinary dialogue and prepare you for intellectual leadership in careers as diverse as public policy, education, social service, law, management, and writing.

Brandeis University is one of nine degree-granting institutions in the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies located at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Each semester the GCWS offers interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars in which you may enroll.

Careers and Alumni

About one-third of our recent graduates enroll in PhD programs at prestigious universities, including New York University, UC Santa Cruz, Boston University, and Princeton, and two-thirds of our graduates enter the workforce in fields as diverse as law, advocacy, research, and higher education.

By earning a master’s degree in women's, gender, and sexuality studies, you’ll gain valuable skills in research and analysis, critical thinking, writing and public speaking, creative problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution and team building—skills that will stand you in good stead for a career in any field you choose.

Curriculum

Over the course of two semesters, you will complete eight courses: a foundational Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course, a feminist methodologies course (or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies) and six electives. A master’s research paper is also required.

Financial Aid and Scholarship

The university has a generous array of tuition scholarships, fellowships and loan opportunities. The WGS Program offers modest financial support for master’s degree students who cannot afford the childcare that would enable them to attend required courses.