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

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 department 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 (GCWS) located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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 will 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.


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 (thesis) is also required.

Financial Aid and Scholarship

The university has a generous array of tuition scholarships, fellowships and loan opportunities. For  consideration for a DEIS Scholarship, please apply by January 1. All applications are due by January 15.