MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to graduate study in topics related to women’s and gender issues. The program aims to combine theory and practice, looking at gender and sexuality issues from an academic perspective, while at the same time giving students a grounding in real world concerns and the tools they need to think critically and creatively about women’s and gender issues. Students enrolled in the program will gain a broad understanding of gender and sexuality theories, writing, and movements, as well as develop special competence in their particular area of interest. This program is open to students from any relevant academic major, and/or working people seeking to return to school for a higher degree. Students completing this degree will be prepared to enter a wide range of government or private organizations that require gender expertise including social policy organizations, and/or to undertake further study at the Ph.D. level. Students will have access to diverse faculty and wide expertise as well as to the rich resources available in New York City.

We are now accepting applications for the new Master of Arts Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. For consideration in our Fall 2022 class, the priority deadline is January 15, 2022. The final deadline is April 15, 2022. 


  • 30 credits, including 4 CORE COURSES and 5 elective courses selected from any related courses taught at the Graduate Center.
  • Completion of either a research-based thesis of 30-50 pages, OR an internship (non-government organization, policy center, United Nations agency, and the like), with a final written report.

Someone attending full-time could complete the degree in 1.5 years. Part-time students will have up to 4 years to complete the degree.


Feminist Texts and Theories

This course provides a broad overview of the issues and critical texts of feminist theory. The instructor will use an interdisciplinary approach to consider some of the major questions, methodologies, and findings of Women’s Studies Scholarship. The course will cover a selection of theoretical texts from multiple disciplines, both classic and contemporary. In addition, students will explore the ways in which the field of women’s studies has raised new questions and brought new perspectives to those areas where the humanities and social and behavioral sciences intersect, with material which is interdisciplinary in nature and frequently poses a challenge to conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Global Feminisms

This course explores the gender dynamics of racial, ethnic, and economic relations of power in domestic, international, and transnational settings. It examines feminist scholarship produced by and about American women of color, Third World women, and other social and political actors whose experiences and thinking have shaped contemporary ideas about gender, power, and international political economies. As many cultures eschew the term “feminist,” the course explores how both self-identified feminists and people who do not consider themselves feminists write about and understand gender, justice, human rights, tolerance, agency, imperialism, and other relevant topics. We will also examine how women and self-identified feminists practice solidarity across and within national boundaries, paying attention to the possibilities and constraints that shape transnational feminist activism.

Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

This course will vary from semester to semester, depending on the given instructor’s interests. Previous course offerings include “Feminism, Autobiography, Theory: Women Writing Witness,” Professor Nancy K. Miller; “Trans Theories, Practices, Politics,” Professor Paisley Currah; “Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Posthumanism,” Professor Domna Stanton; “New Feminist Epistemologies and Metaphysics,” Professor Linda Martín Alcoff; and “Motherhood: Body and Citizenship,” Professor Barbara Katz Rothman.

Research Seminar in Methodology

This course will provide an overview of current women’s and gender scholarship and will introduce students to a range of feminist research methods in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Examples will be drawn from scholarship in a broad range of geographical and historical sites.

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