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MA 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.

Also take a moment to read the Official Graduate Catalog description of our programs.

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; 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, skip to the Overview of the application process or the detailed instructions.

  • WGS does not enforce a minimum GRE score, but the GRE is required.  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.  Scores must be sent to the university by the testing agency (self-reported scores are not accepted). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT Austin is 6882. 

    Again, our program does not look for a minimum GRE score, but the test itself is a requirement for the admissions application. Our admissions committee does a holistic application review.  Your other application materials may outshine your GRE score. At the same time, applicants are considered as part of a cohort, so there are comparisons made to the applicant pool across the board.
    This is all to say, GRE scores are never looked at in isolation, or as a sole deciding factor.

  • 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.

  • When can I expect a decision on my application?

    Our admission committee hopes to make decisions by late February/early March.

  • 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 with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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 theAfrican 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 Annie Brookover ann.brookover@austin.utexas.edu (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 theSchool 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.
  • Statement of Purpose (you may upload this Personal Statement later, see Part 2)
  • Short answer questions via the Online Application, (not the same as Statement of Purpose), 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, (sometimes referred to as the Supplemental Information Form) 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. 

Graduate Coordinator

Alma Jackie Salcedo
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