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Women’s and Gender Studies

24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Women’s and Gender Studies MA program from Carleton University will be of interest to students seeking to acquire the critical skills to explore gender as a social relation of power and to conduct advanced feminist research with a focus on globalization and transnationalism.


The Women’s and Gender Studies MA program from Carleton University provides students with a foundational graduate degree which prepares them for both work in transnational feminist contexts and for pursuing doctoral studies. Core learning objectives of the program include: transnational feminist scholarship, critical research and thinking skills, interdisciplinarity and grounded knowledge.

Capital Advantage

The National Capital is an ideal place to study. Within the broader community, students have access to non-governmental organizations with offices in Ottawa, feminist grassroots organizations, unions, government agencies and crown corporations (for example, the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre, Health Canada, Corrections and the Department of Justice) and private sector agencies. The Pauline Jewett Institute has well established links with community organizations and other post-secondary institutions. Our successful partnerships and collaboration with these groups and agencies allow students to benefit both research and career-wise from the advantage of our location in Canada’s capital.

Research Highlights

  • Transnational feminism
  • Gender and cultural production
  • Gender and diversity
  • Gender and social policy
  • Gender and violence

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program can look for careers in labour relations, community service, law, education and media, as well as in government agencies and the private sector. The transnational feminist focus is particularly important for graduates seeking work in international settings. Many alumni have gone on to pursue higher education in various disciplines. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues for Feminist Scholarship
  • Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Traversing Feminisms
  • Queer Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants with a BA in Women's and Gender Studies or a BA in related disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, Canadian studies, history, philosophy, political science and sociology will be considered for admission to the program. 
  • Typically, an average of B+ or higher is required. Applicants without the requisite background may be required to take WGST 5003 (0.5 credits) in addition to their other MA program requirement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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