Graduate Program

UWM Graduate School Information

Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

The MA in Women’s & Gender Studies combines advanced Women’s & Gender Studies courses in feminist theory, research methods, global feminisms, and selected topics with graduate-level courses in many disciplines. Many faculty members at UWM are Women’s & Gender Studies affiliates who offer graduate courses that cross-list with Women’s & Gender Studies.

Degree Requirements (effective Fall 2013)

To earn an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies, students must complete 30 credits. Fifteen credits are in required Women’s & Gender Studies courses:

  • WGS 401: Global Feminisms
  • WGS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship
  • WGS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WGS 711: Advanced Feminist Research Methods
  • One additional 3-credit G or U/G WGS course, excluding: 497, 599, 990, and 999

The remaining credits are in graduate level courses chosen in consultation with the Women’s & Gender Studies Director of Graduate Studies. No more than six credits may be in undergraduate/graduate (U/G) courses, and no more than six transfer credits may apply. Students may not count more than three credits of Advanced Independent Work (WGS 999). Students can complete the degree with a written thesis, paper or project, or comprehensive examination. All options include an oral defense. In accordance with Graduate School policy, students must complete the degree within five years of enrollment.

See the online Schedule of Classes for a complete list of core courses and cross-listed courses offered in any given semester. In some cases, only specific subtitles of variable content courses are approved, and those subtitles are indicated in the course list.


The Director of Graduate Studies guides prospective students through the application and admissions process and helps enrolled students choose their first semester classes. Once at UWM, new MA students should arrange to meet with the Women’s & Gender Studies Director of Graduate Studies early in their first semester.


Applicants must satisfy Graduate School requirements for admission. In addition, applicants must provide the Women’s & Gender Studies program with the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional work.
  • A sample of the applicant’s written work that demonstrates the applicant’s critical thinking, research, and writing skills. and
  • A letter of intent explaining the applicant’s reasons for graduate study (the Graduate School Reasons Statement may be used).


  • Transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School as part of the regular online application process.
  • GRE scores are recommended, but not required. They are, however, necessary for graduate fellowship support.

Priority Deadline

Applications received by January 15 will be given full consideration. The Women’s & Gender Studies MA Program accepts fall admissions only.

For more information about the Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate program contact Gwynne Kennedy.

Gwynne Kennedy, Director of Graduate Studies
Curtin Hall 518