Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

George Washington University

24 months
1825 USD/credit
1825 USD/credit
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Established in 1972, George Washington University's Master of Arts in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies was the first of its kind in the United States.


This groundbreaking program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to the study of women, gender and sexuality, bridging the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students learn to analyze structures of power, particularly as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. They develop theories and methods for challenging inequity and imagining social justice. As of June, 2016, the program and degree names officially changed to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) to reflect the full range of interests already represented in the curriculum, and in faculty and student work. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., WGSS at George Washington University is also positioned to provide students unique access to resources and internship opportunities.

Students in this 36-hour MA program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are introduced to key issues in gender and sexuality studies, while receiving rigorous interdisciplinary training that enables them to conduct scholarly research and analysis. The program offered by George Washington University boasts strengths in intersectionality, transnational/global feminisms, public policy, and media and visual culture. Students are empowered to develop a focused specialization in a disciplinary or topical area of their choice. Previous concentrations include topics such as gender and history, sociology, anthropology, international development, media studies and health and the intersection of race, class and gender.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
  • Contemporary Feminist Theory
  • Research Issues in Women's Studies
  • Women and Public Policy
  • Survey of Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Policy Analysis
  • Politics & the Policy Process

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE general test required for M.A. applicants
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
  • Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words
  • Two (2) recommendations. Three (3) recommendations are welcome for those applying for fellowships.
  • A 10-15 page writing sample is required 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1825 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1825 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1825 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1825 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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