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M.A. Degree

MA in Women's and Gender Studies Coursework

2017-2019 Catalog
Students pursuing a master's degree in women's and gender studies may write either a thesis or a report at the end of their coursework. The thesis option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course. The report option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the report course. All students must complete the three core foundations courses: WGS 390: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies; WGS 391: Feminist Theories; and WGS 392: Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies .

In addition, each student must demonstrate competence in the research skills appropriate to the student's overall academic and career objectives and to the final thesis or report. A minimum of four additional courses related to women, gender, sexuality, or feminism may be selected from the extensive offerings of faculty members affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

Other courses may be substituted with Graduate Advisor's approval.

Students must also present at the Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s & Gender Studies Conference.

Download an MA report option degree planner (PDF, 100K)
Download an MA thesis option degree planner (PDF, 101K)

Read up on the dual degree options here.

Admission Criteria

The M.A. Program of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin admits students for the fall semester only. The Center does not offer a Ph.D. program. All materials must be submitted by December 1st.

Information for Prospective Students can be found on this webpage.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission established by the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin. For U.S. citizens, these include a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States, a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all upper-division and graduate course work, and an official score on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE).

International applicants may also be required to provide an official report of their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For full details of the Graduate School's requirements, see either the GIAC page for U.S. students or the GIAC page for international students.

When reviewing an application, the admissions committee considers all elements in the application file, including the statement of purpose, the writing sample, and the letters of recommendation.

Application procedure can be found on this webpage.

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