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Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Women's and Gender Studies!  Click on this link to read our letter to potential applicants. Be sure to read all pages of the "Graduate Program" section on our website, and the instructions provided by the Graduate and International Admissions Center on these webpages.

Our admissions process for the MA program is guided both by the scholarly commitments of our interdisciplinary faculty and by the requirements for success in a two-year program.  We are looking for application materials which illustrate your:

* Understanding of the field of Women's & Gender Studies;
* Understanding of and commitment to resisting interlocking oppressions;
* Commitment to antiracist feminist practice;
* Scholarly connection with the work of one or more CWGS affiliate faculty members, including connections with the Embrey Women's Human Rights Initiative; and
* Concept of the research you will carry out during the two-year program for your thesis (this of course may change, but your ability to describe an idea indicates your ability to define and complete projects).

There are many different ways to indicate your understanding of these concepts and strategies; we look forward to learning about your interests!  Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or skip to the Overview of the application process.

FAQs

When can I apply for the University of Texas at Austin, Women's and Gender Studies MA and Dual Degree Programs?
The online application opens September 7th and the annual deadline is DECEMBER 1st.  Applications are reviewed in December/January.  The Admissions Committee meets January-March, and notifications are sent in the Spring (March/April/May) for admission for the following Fall semester (August).   Admission is for Fall semester only.
How do I start my application?
VERY IMPORTANT: The first thing you must do is to fill out the Texas Common Application to register/create your applicant profile. Once this part is completed, you will have access to the rest of the online application system through UT Austin: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/adm/mystatus/
What are the application requirements?
Read the Overview of the application process.  The requirements and step-by-step instructions are listed in great detail on this website.  Please keep reading and thoroughly explore linked pages!  Don't forget to read our letter to potential applicants.
How do I know if you received my application materials?
You can use "Check My Status" to see if you have any remaining materials. https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/adm/mystatus/
Where can I find information on application fee waivers? 
There is information on admission application fee waivers here from the University of Texas at Austin.  You need only pay one UT application fee per year, so if you plan to apply to different programs/majors at the same time, you will only need to pay the application fee once.  Fee waivers for the GRE are administered by ETS.
I'm already a student at UT Austin and I want to apply or switch into your WGS graduate programs.  Can I do that?
Yes, current or returning UT Austin graduate students who wish to be considered for admission to a different graduate program must apply for a change of major.  It's called the change of major application.
How long does the WGS MA degree take to complete?
The degree requirements are listed here.  The WGS MA degree is a two-year program.  Because of the small cohort nature of program, students are expected to attend full-time.  Three classes (or 9 hours) is considered full-time for graduate students at UT Austin during the long semesters.  At UT Austin, an academic year has a Fall and a Spring "long" semester, and a shorter summer semester that can contain first session, second session, or whole session classes.  The WGS MA program can be completed in two academic years without summer classes.  The WGS MA program does not offer online classes.
What can I do with the WGS MA degree?
A WGS MA degree gives you many options.  Most of our students go onto PhD programs, or remain in the education field.  Others continue their work in non-profit and advocacy organizations, or find careers in the private sector.  While at UT Austin, you are eligible to work with Liberal Arts Career Services and the Graduate School's Career Resources to design your professional trajectory.
What is a Dual Degree program?
A dual degree program allows you to earn two degrees simultaneously.  The Center for Women's & Gender Studies offers a dual degree with Information Studies (MA/MSIS), or Public Affairs (MA/MPAff).  Read up on the dual degree programs through WGS here.
What if I'm applying to the dual degree programs? Do I need to fill out two applications?
No.  You do not need to fill out two applications. If you are applying to a Dual Degree program, these are listed in a separate "Dual Degree Programs" section at the bottom of the Apply Texas list of majors. You will need to scroll down. Be sure to choose the appropriate major. Applications with incorrect degree codes may not be processed. (WGS MA only: Degree Code 93300) (WGS/INF, MA/MSIS: Dual Degree Code 93310) (WGS/PA, MA/MPAff: Dual Degree Code 93320).  Dual degree programs take three years to complete, including summer semesters.
Do you have a PhD program?
The University of Texas at Austin does not have a Women's and Gender Studies PhD program at this time.
Do you offer an online program?
No, but Ms. Magazine published a short list in 2010 of online Women's Studies Programs.
What other WGS programs are there besides UT Austin?
Here are a few links that list various WGS programs, including: Smith College, SIROW Regional Partners, Ms. Magazine 2009 Issue on Women's Studies, Women's Studies Programs Worldwide, and Ms Magazine/NWSA 2009 Guide to Women's Studies (archived PDF).
I want to learn more about your program.  What types of events does the Center for Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin have?  What are your students doing now?
All of this information can be found online.  For more on news, events, what our students, faculty, and alumni are doing, please review our News Archive, our Newsletter, and the CWGS Annual Reports.
What kind of topics do your faculty research?
You can use our faculty page to view faculty by rank and home department/field of study.  You can also use the EUREKA database to search by topic, research interest, or keyword.
What kind of projects have your MA students done?
You can browse their completed thesis projects on our online archive.
How competitive is the program?
We have received an average of 30 applications per year, and have made between 4 and 10 admissions offers per year.  We have a small cohort program that allows for individual attention.  WGS has been able to offer all admitted students funding support for two years of study (Fall and Spring semesters).
What is the minimum GRE score and GPA?
WGS does not enforce a minimum GRE score.  A GRE score in the top 10 percentile of the applicant pool makes an applicant more competitive for fellowships.  The minimum GPA for admission into Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin is 3.0.
What if my GRE scores don't get to UT in time?
We understand that GRE scores can take a few weeks to transmit.  As long as you take the GRE on or before December 1st, the scores will be considered on time.
What type of funding is available?
There are In-state Tuition Waviers, Fellowships, TAships, and GAships.  The WGS Admissions Committee uses application materials to match admitted students to funding opportunities.  All admitted students are automatically considered for funding.
What does a funding package look like?
The details vary, but it usually includes in-state tuition for Fall and Spring, tuition assistance, and a monthly stipend.  You can find out more on our Funding page.  This is separate from Federal Financial Aid.  All students can apply for Federal Financial Aid through the UT Financial Aid Office.
What is the cost of living in Austin?
The UT Financial Aid Office has more information on Cost of Attendance, and the UT Tuition Office allows you to calculate tuition, and compare UT Tuition to other schools.  You can also compare Cost of Living with other cities.
What resources do you have for international students?
The International Office's International Student and Scholar Services offers financial information specifically for students coming to the United States from other countries.  International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office lists a few resources for international students regarding financial support including scholarships and fellowships.  Most of our international students have had external fellowships from outside organizations such as the Ford Foundation and Fulbright Foundation.  Detailed instructions on how to apply for admission are also provided by the Graduate School, please review them thoroughly.

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Overview

Annual Deadline December 1st

The Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes offers of acceptance to between 4 and 10 applicants each year. The smaller size of the incoming MA cohort provides each student with personal attention, opportunities for funding and professional development, and fosters a sense of community among our students and faculty. When reviewing an application, the graduate admissions committee considers all elements in the application file, including the statement of purpose, the writing sample, and the letters of recommendation.

Dual Degree program applicants (MA/MSIS and MA/MPAff) must be accepted by both admissions committees in order to attempt the dual degree. There is not a special online application for the dual degree programs (besides marking the appropriate program/major code on the Apply Texas website). Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program.

A Note to Feminist Scholars and Aspiring PhD Students: Do your academic interests intersect with Feminist, Queer, and Black Studies?
In an effort to grow the base of future scholars interested in Feminist and Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, we invite you to apply to both the WGS MA programs and the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) PhD program by December 1st.  The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies and The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies share many faculty affiliates.  Applications for both programs will be reviewed.  Select applicants will be admitted to enroll in the MA Program in Women’s & Gender Studies, with a deferred admission to the PhD program African and African Diaspora Studies upon completion of the WGS Master’s Degree (in two years).  Questions can be directed to Dr. Matt Richardson (Associate Professor, WGS/AADS), and Yvette Vasquez (Graduate Coordinator, AADS).

Applicants to all programs must also submit documents showing that they meet the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School, namely:

  • A bachelor's degree (or ontain a bachelor's degree before the entering fall semester)
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on all upper-division and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE score
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (international applicants only)

Application for Admission

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies only accepts applications for the fall semester. The application deadline is December 1st. Please do not submit items other than those requested.  Application materials are collected online through the Texas Common Application and the Supplemental Documents Upload System (also referred to as the "PDF Upload Module or Admissions Document Upload"). Please preview the online application instructions from the Graduate School here: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/admissions/how-to-apply

Applicants will be able to monitor which materials have been submitted via the Check My Status tool, after they have paid their application fee.

The ONLINE APPLICATION is divided into two sections

  • Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC) via the Texas Common Application (also known as Apply Texas) 
  • Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Admissions via the Supplemental Documents Upload System (PDF upload module).
    • Review our Help section on how to categorize our documents when you use the PDF upload module. 

       The applicant is responsible for both sections. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Students seeking admission to a dual degree master's program (MA/MSIS or MA/MPAff) must submit materials required by the other corresponding graduate program. Applicants identify their interest in the Dual Degree program by selecting the dual degree program code on the online (Apply) Texas Common Application website. These are listed in a separate "Dual Degree Programs" section at the bottom of the Apply Texas list of majors.  The School of Information and the LBJ School of Public Affairs use the same PDF upload module to receive and review documents.  Please note that the School of Information and the LBJ School of Public Affairs may have different deadlines!

Submitting Your Application

Part 1: The following should be submitted electronically to the university's Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC): 

  • Texas Common Application
    Make sure you choose the correct degree program and code. If you are applying to a Dual Degree program, these are listed in a separate "Dual Degree Programs" section at the bottom of the Apply Texas list of majors. You will need to scroll down. Be sure to choose the appropriate major.  Applications with incorrect degree codes may not be processed. (WGS MA only: Degree Code 93300) (WGS/INF, MA/MSIS: Dual Degree Code 93310) (WGS/PA, MA/MPAff: Dual Degree Code 93320)
    All programs are listed separately. Scroll until you find the appropriate degree program and code. If you need to change the degree code on an application, please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center.
  • Short answer questions via the Online Application, which ask the following:
    • What is your experience with intersectional analysis or activist practice?
      Please limit your response to 100 words. You may respond via ApplyTexas and/or submit this short answer question response at end of your Statement of Purpose PDF.  Your application will be considered incomplete without a response.
    • After reviewing the list of faculty affiliated with the Center for Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, which professors match your scholarly interests and why? Faculty information can be reviewed at: http://liberalarts.utexas.edu/cwgs/faculty/index.php
      Please limit your response to 100 words. Please submit your response via ApplyTexas. Your application will be considered incomplete without a response.
  • GRE results*
  • TOEFL (if applicable)*
  • Three letters of recommendation (electronic submission via the Texas Common Application)

*Scores must be sent from ETS to the GIAC office electronically. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882.

If you have questions for GIAC, please contact them directly. Go to: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/admissions/contact

Part 2: The following should be submitted electronically (via the Admissions Document Upload) to the Center for Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Program:

  • You will need to complete and submit the Texas Common Application in order to gain access to the Supplemental Documents Upload System (PDF upload module).
  • Review our Help section on how to categorize our documents when you use the Admissions Document Upload module.
  • CWGS Graduate Program Application Coversheet (PDF version) Pages 1-2, includes helpful checklist. Don't forget your signature.
  • Statement of Purpose (sames as Texas Common Application)
  • Scholarly Writing Sample (15-25 pages)
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcript(s)

Applicants will be able to monitor which materials have been submitted via the Check My Status tool, after they have paid their application fee.

If you have trouble using the PDF upload module, please contact the WGS Graduate Coordinator directly: ajsalcedo@austin.utexas.edu

Part 3: If you are applying for a Dual Degree Master's Program (MA/MSIS or MA/MPAff), you must also submit required materials to the other program's graduate office.  Your application should specify Dual Degree Programs are listed in a separate "Dual Degree Programs" section on the Apply Texas list of majors.  You may need to scroll to the bottom.  Please note that their application and admission deadlines may be different than Women's and Gender Studies.  The dual degree programs use the earliest of both deadlines.  WGS will not accept applications for the dual degree programs after December 1st.
Use the CORRECT DEGREE CODE for a dual degree program. 

(WGS/INF, MA/MSIS: Dual Degree Code 93310)

(WGS/P A, MA/MPAff: Dual Degree Code 93320)

Contact the university's School of Information and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs for more information about the dual degree admission process. 


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