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Women's and Gender Studies, M.A.

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.


About the Program

The graduate program 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.

Program Highlights

In SLU’s graduate program in women’s and gender studies, you will work on developing:

  • Your ability to engage critically with multicultural feminist theories concerning social inequalities
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Knowledge and skills that enable communication with diverse audiences, coalition building for social action and development of initiatives for change.
Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s master’s degree in women’s and gender studies requires 30 credit hours. You’ll take five core courses covering feminist theory, feminist epistemologies, research methods, current issues and debate, and complete a women leaders’ internship. You can then choose five elective courses from dozens of choices 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.

You will also need to complete a capstone project and presentation based on either an internship or research developed through coursework to graduate with your M.A. in women’s and gender studies from SLU.

The SLU M.A. in women's and gender studies prepares students for:
  • Careers in community organizing, nonprofit organizations, government service, health care, business, the arts and policy research.
  • Doctoral work in women's and gender studies and related fields.
  • Professional schools, including public health, law, social work and public policy.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Graduate students admitted to the program by Jan. 30 are eligible to apply for University-wide fellowships and assistantships for the following fall semester.

To be considered for presidential or diversity fellowships, applications are due by Dec. 15.

Accelerated BA/MA Program

Through our accelerated B.A./M.A. program, undergraduates at Saint Louis University can 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 undergraduate students majoring in women's and gender studies, but minors from the discipline will be considered with the approval of the graduate coordinator.

Dual JD/MA Program

Our dual J.D./M.A. program provides students with a rigorous, interdisciplinary, and critical study of law, gender and social justice. While taking courses through both the Saint Louis University School of Law and the women's and gender studies program, students develop research projects that focus on how law and legal policies intersect with gendered social institutions and practices. By pursuing both degrees concurrently, students acquire a broader context for thinking critically about and advocating for gender equality in law and policy.

The program is designed to be completed in four years. Students choose 18 credit hours (six courses) that count simultaneously toward both degrees. Examples of courses include Gender and Culture, Sexuality and the Law, Employment Discrimination, Family Law, Disability Law, and Critical Race Theory.

Dual J.D./M.A. students acquire skills applicable to a variety of settings, including:

  • Advocating for the rights of women and other minorities
  • Helping survivors of gender-based violence
  • Working in local and national feminist legal organizations
  • Practicing law with a clear understanding of how gender issues interconnect with public and private policies

Students apply for admission to each program independently. Students begin the J.D. program first and then apply for admission to the women's and gender studies master of arts program during the spring of their first year in law school.

Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

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.

Students are required to take nine graduate-level credit hours, including Feminist Theory and Feminist Epistemologies. All graduate students, regardless of whether they are earning a minor or not, are welcome to enroll in the required classes.

Applicant Criteria

A GPA of 3.3 or above is preferred. Our interdisciplinary M.A. program welcomes applicants from all academic fields.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE or LSAT scores
Statement of Purpose
Writing sample (preferably related to women’s and gender studies)

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Jan. 30.