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Graduate Programs

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The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) offers two terminal master's degrees and one graduate certificate.  The master's degree programs include a Master of Arts in WGSS and a joint JD/AM in Law and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  The Graduate Certificate in WGSS program is open to any PhD student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  All three programs involve close advising by WGSS and home department faculty.

Three rigorous programs

One collaborative department

MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A two-year program requiring in depth study of the intersections of gender, race and ethnicity, and sexuality and the option to complete a master's thesis under close supervision by WGSS faculty. This program is designed for students who are preparing to enter PhD program and for those who wish to better understand cultural assumptions about gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality shaping work places, educational institutions, and cultural productions.

MA program information

JD/MA Joint Program

The joint JD-MA program in Law and WGSS is a truly joint program in which students, under close mentoring by WGSS and law faculty, take a carefully selected set of courses tailored to the student's interests in the Law School and in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This program is designed to prepare lawyers with deep understanding of the cultural impacts of gender and sexuality in the work place, in policy, and in law

JD/MA program information

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate program in WGSS requires 15 course credits, 6 of which must be home-based in the WGSS department and the remainder of which can be among cross-listed by departments in WGSS. This program has enabled our graduates to locate positions in their home disciplines, with an expertise in gender and sexuality, and in gender and sexuality programs in academia and in social justice organizations.

Graduate certificate information

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