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Graduate Program in Women's and Gender Studies

General Information

The University of Texas at Austin is in the unique position of having a university-wide interdisciplinary graduate program in Women's and Gender Studies. The program's large and diverse faculty is drawn from the university's 18 colleges and schools. The wide array of graduate courses offered provides exposure to cutting-edge scholarship from multiple perspectives and thus offers students an unusual opportunity for cross-disciplinary inquiry at the graduate level. Particular strengths of the faculty include African-American studies, cultural studies, diaspora studies, ethnic studies, feminist theories, health and social welfare, international and post-colonial feminisms, masculinities, media studies, performance studies, popular culture, and public policy.

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies offers the Master of Arts degree, two dual degree master's programs with the university's School of Information and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a graduate portfolio program.

We polled some of our WGS Core Faculty to find out what readings they would like beginning Women's and Gender Studies MA students to know about.  Checkout the Recommended Readings List here.

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies only accepts applications for the fall semester.
The application deadline is December 1st.

Master of Arts Degree Program

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies offers a master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies. The master's degree is a two-year program that prepares graduates to pursue Ph.D work in Women's and Gender Studies at another institution or in another discipline. The master's degree also provides good intellectual grounding for further training and professional development in the arts, business, community and non-profit organizations, education, health care, public policy, social work, and technology.
WGS MA Degree Requirements
WGS Graduate Admissions

Dual Degree Master's Programs

Dual degree master's programs are designed for students who wish to broaden their academic experience and enhance their career preparation by pursuing two complementary master’s degree programs. Most dual degree programs can be completed in 3 to 3-1/2 years. Details are available from the graduate advisor of each program and from the WGS graduate coordinator.

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies offers two dual degree master's programs:
Master of Arts in Women's & Gender Studies/Master of Science in Information Studies (MA/MSIS)
Master of Arts in Women's & Gender Studies/Master of Public Affairs (MA/MAPAff)

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. Sue Heinzelman (Interim Graduate Advisor), and Yvette Vasquez (Graduate Coordinator, AADS).

Graduate Portfolio Program

The Graduate Portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies builds upon the Center’s rich and broad-based expertise across disciplines and schools/colleges. Portfolio students develop a specialization unique to their own program of work through WGS courses, scholarly papers, and presentations.  WGS Portfolio Students are eligilble for to apply for the annual WGS awards and travel funds for presenting relevant work at conferences. Students may enter the portfolio program at any point in their graduate work, but it is recommended that they do so as soon as they decide to pursue the portfolio. 

For further information about the master's degree program and graduate portfolio program, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Coordinator, Alma Jackie Salcedo, 512-471-5765.


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    Burdine Hall 536
    2505 University Avenue, A4900
    Austin, Texas 78712
    512-471-5765