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Women and Gender Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #863 (BCR) , CA,
The Women and Gender Studies program of San Francisco State University examines the importance of gender and feminism in relation to issues such as race, class, sexuality, labor, colonialism, and globalization.

About

The Women and Gender Studies program of San Francisco State University teaches students how bodies, families, communities, and nations are gendered in specific cultural and historical contexts and investigate connections to their own lives, roles, and contributions. The expertise of the department lies in interdisciplinary, intersectional, and transnational studies of power.

The Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary, enabling students to combine core and elective courses in Women and Gender Studies with electives in other departments and programs across the campus. The program focuses on women, gender, and feminism in transnational and multicultural contexts, preparing students to engage critically with analytical categories such as gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, labor, and able-bodiedness. Students complete their master’s degree with a culminating project of their own design working closely with an advisor. The degree enables students to pursue advanced study of the history, status, and contributions of women in different contexts, and the relationships among feminist theories, social/global structures, and the production of gender and sexuality.

The goals of the department include: the development of conceptual, analytic, and critical thinking skills in relation to gender and feminism in a transnational framework; the ability to integrate academic studies in Women and Gender Studies into personal and professional goals; the development of skills to formulate and implement theoretically-informed political, cultural, and community action; the ability to analyze gender from an interdisciplinary perspective, using a range of methodological tools; an historical understanding of gender in relation to structural inequality, social movements, and labor struggles; and the ability to critically examine representation and cultural production through a feminist lens.

Career paths

The Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies prepares students interested in non-profit and for-profit administration, teaching positions, health and wellness professions and the pursuit of doctoral degrees in related fields. It enhances students' ability to participate in a range of organizations in the public and private sectors, particularly those addressing women and gender issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Graduate Study
  • Feminist Social Movements
  • Queer Theories
  • Intellectual Genealogies
  • Feminist Pedagogies
  • Feminist Internship: Gender and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Transcripts of all previous coursework;
  • A written statement of background, intentions, and goals, including experience in Women and Gender Studies and with feminist literatures, rationale for pursuing the M.A., and relation of the M.A. in Women and Gender Studies to prior academic work and career objectives;
  • Two letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's scholarly ability.
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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