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Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies offers the Ph.D., the M.A. , and a Graduate Certificate Program. The graduate program in Women's and Gender Studies is the joint enterprise of a diverse Graduate Faculty comprising more than 100 scholars. Our students benefit from the rich resources of the larger feminist community at Rutgers which includes 27 Ph.D. students, 21 M.A. students, and over 100 Ph.D. students in other departments who are pursuing certificates in Women's and Gender Studies. In addition, the many Rutgers institutes and centers devoted to feminist research -- the Institute for Women's Leadership, the Center for American Women and Politics, the Center for Women's Global Leadership, the Center for Women and Work and the Institute for Research on Women -- enrich the opportunities for our students to gain practical skills and to broaden their knowledge of feminist research and politics.

January 5, 2011

February 16, 2011

Applications are submitted online at

Requirements for Ph.D. and M.A. Application
  • Test Requirements: GRE General. TOEFL for non-native English speakers.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions attended.
  • A Personal Statement specifying your past experience, reasons for applying, and your areas of interests. It should explain your intellectual and personal goals, why you are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary degree rather than a more traditional disciplinary one, and how this degree fit into your intellectual and personal future.
  • A résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, language ability, etc
  • A writing sample (15-20 pages). Typically the writing sample will be an undergraduate senior thesis, a seminar paper, or an article or other published work.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Ideally the letters are from professors and scholars who can speak to the applicant's abilities and suitability for graduate study at Women's and Gender Studies. Letters from an academic in another discipline or from professionals would be acceptable.
While all the applications received are reviewed by faculty over a period of several weeks, the formal process for applying to the Ph.D. and MA program is handled centrally by the Rutgers Office of Graduate Admissions. Students who have been accepted will be notified by the Graduate Director and the Office of Admission. Please do not call the Department after the deadline to inquire about your application.

Please see Rutgers information on funding opportunities.

For additional information please contact:

For the Ph.D Program:
Anna Sampaio
Director of Graduate Studies
732-932-9331 X 633

For the Master Program
Julie Rajan
Master Program Director
732-932-9331 X - 624

Suzy Kiefer
Administrative Assistant

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Collaborative and International Programs

GEMMA European Exchange Program:

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Rutgers University has established collaboration with Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA), coordinated by the University of Granada and in cooperation with the GEMMA Consortium.

WGS is able to send one MA student per year through the duration of the Gemma Program to participate in the GEMMA exchange at European universities associated with the Program. During the exchange, students may either: (1) take graduate-level courses to count toward elective coursework; or (2) carrying out research for their MA practicum or thesis. Such credits or research would then be counted toward the MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. MA students from partner universities in Europe, in turn, would be able to complete research overseen by Rutgers WGS faculty in their fourth semester only.

Faculty at participating institutions may also apply through Gemma to take part in the exchange for research in partner institutions.

The participating European universities are Lodz, Poland; Oviedo, Spain; Granada, Spain; Utrecht, Netherlands; and Bologna, Italy.

Department Contact: Julie Rajan, Director, M.A. Program.



The Center for Gender and Politics of the Belgrade University - Faculty of Political, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis host an annual Postgraduate course in Feminist Critical Analysis.

The courses are held at Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik in late May early June. This collaboration encourages active participation and debates that will bring together disciplines from across the humanities, social sciences, art, political theory, cultural studies, and philosophy, etc.

Eligibility: The course is open to candidates with a graduate degree and/or current postgraduate students interested in the topic.
Application: Once an official call has been made interested candidates must send their CV and a short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining their interest in the topic by email.

For more information on Inter University Centre Dubrovnik visit

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