Admissions

Graduate Admissions

M.A. Admission

The M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies is a liberal arts degree that provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced interdisciplinary work in Women’s & Gender Studies and enables them to become active practitioners in this rapidly expanding field of study. The Program may serve as a "terminal" master's degree for students planning non-academic careers. It may also serve as a precursor, a supplemental degree for professional degrees in fields such as law, social work, public health, labor studies, public policy, or clinical psychology. With an increasing emphasis on careers focusing on the delivery of services to women and a rethinking of the needs of women and families worldwide, Women’s & Gender Studies helps to fill a growing demand for experts versed in women and gender issues. The M.A. program is designed to emphasize global and multicultural perspectives on these matters. The Department welcomes a wide variety of applicants—ranging from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals to international activists—who wish to enrich their engagement with women’s and gender studies.

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Ph.D. Admission

The Ph.D. program is designed for students seeking advanced interdisciplinary training in the field of Women’s and Gender studies. Since the entering class each year is very small (4-6 funded students), admissions are highly competitive.

Preference is given to students who demonstrate excellence in analytical abilities and creativity in interdisciplinary research pertaining to women, gender, and/or sexuality. Students applying to the doctoral program will be selected both on the basis of the excellence of their preparation for doctoral level work, and on the intersection of their research interests with those of the faculty at Rutgers.

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