The Women's and Gender Studies Department offers a 30 credit hour Master of Arts, an accelerated B.A./M.A. program for undergraduates at Saint Louis University, and a 9 credit hour graduate minor program.
WGS Graduate Handbook (updated 10/2016)
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Women's and Gender Studies
Saint Louis University's Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies provides an interdisciplinary education about contemporary social justice issues, preparing students for leadership and advocacy roles in community or academic settings. While gender is the primary focus, each course and the discipline as a whole examine gender in light of race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, ability, age, and religion. The discipline teaches students to think critically and to engage in the world as responsible citizens.
The M.A. is a 30-hour program. Graduate work is designed to develop: 1) students' ability to engage critically with multicultural feminist theories concerning social inequalities, 2) strong research and writing skills, and 3) knowledge and skills that enable communication with diverse audiences, coalition building for social action, and development of initiatives for change.
For the accelerated B.A./M.A. program, undergraduates at Saint Louis University take six credit hours (two graduate classes) in their senior year that count for both the B.A. and M.A. requirements. The program is designed for WGS undergraduate majors, but WGS minors will be considered, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
Each student works out a curriculum plan for his or her area of specialization and a capstone project in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Course Requirements: 30 credit hours (10 courses total)
Five core required courses:
• WGST 5010 Feminist Theories
• WGST 5020 Feminist Epistemologies
• WGST 5030 Research Methods
• WGST 5040 Current Issues and Debates
• WGST 5960 Women Leaders' Internship
Five cross-listed elective courses:
The electives are chosen from dozens of courses in Women's and Gender Studies, Political Science, African-American Studies, Philosophy, English, History, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Fine and Performing Arts, Social Work, and Law, among others.
**Students should check the Women's and Gender Studies 'Course Offerings' page for current classes. If a graduate class is not already cross-listed as a Women's and Gender Studies course, it is possible to request permission for it to count towards the elective requirement.
A capstone project and presentation based on either an internship or research developed through coursework is required.
Link to SLU scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships- click here.
How to Apply:
Application Materials Required:
Transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose, writing sample (preferably related to Women's and Gender Studies), and GRE or LSAT scores.
Applicants to the regular M.A. program apply online here.
3.3 GPA preferred
Our interdisciplinary MA program welcomes applicants from all academic fields.
Application Deadlines: Rolling (January 30 preferred)
An expedited admission process exists for applicants to the Accelerated B.A./M.A- click here.
Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Minor
The Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies provides graduate students the opportunity to integrate the study of women and gender into their chosen field of study. The nine graduate level credit hours required include Feminist Theory, Feminist Epistemologies, and a graduate level course that is cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies.
All graduate students, regardless of whether they are earning a minor or not, are welcome to enroll in the required classes. If you would like to enroll in the Minor, fill out the Graduate Minor Application Form and stop by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Office.
Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Minor Requirements:WGST 5010 - Feminist Theory (3 cr. hours) WGST 5020 - Feminist Epistemology (3 cr. hours)Graduate elective course cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies (3 cr. hours)
**Students should check the Women's and Gender Studies 'Course Offerings' page for current classes.
*If a graduate class is not already cross-listed as a Women's and Gender Studies course, it is possible to request permission for it to count towards the elective requirement.
*To receive a graduate minor, students must be enrolled in another graduate program. Any graduate student interested in the required courses may enroll in them as long as they have the approval of their home department.See if any of your classes already count towards a Women's and Gender Studies minor! Click for the PDF version of the Graduate Minor Checklist.