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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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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Director:Dr. Yana Rodgers
Sr. Department Administrator: Monique Gregory

The Women's & Gender Studies undergraduate program, founded in the early seventies, is one of the oldest in the nation. Currently, the program has over 200 majors and minors and serves over 1900 students annually in a wide array of core and cross-listed courses. The major, approved in 1984, introduces students to significant issues and debates in feminist scholarship, theory, and activism.

Women’s & Gender Studies seek to enrich traditional disciplinary approaches not simply by including women but by transforming the categories, through which knowledge is produced and disseminated.

All courses are interdisciplinary and each considers the complex dynamics among race, ethnicity, locality, class, gender, and sexuality. The readings and discussions in each class represent a wide variety of women's perspectives concerning issues such as: the conceptualization of difference, the production and recreation of femininity and masculinity, language and gender, the division of labor, women and poverty, sexual violence, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian theory, gender and popular theory, and contemporary feminist politics. Ultimately, we strive to ground both research and theory in the everyday realities of feminist activism around the globe. Women’s & Gender Studies program faculty, students and staff are active members and leaders of academic and community women’s organizations.

The WGS alumnae pursue their professional career in various fields. One-fifth of our graduates continue their education in graduate programs in different fields (political science, English, law) around the country. Many alumnae also engage in work in the area of health and pharmacy (about one fourth). Others choose law (one-fifth of the alumnae), education (one fourth) media or computer studies. Many WGS graduates continue their activist work in non-governmental organizations that engage with women and work, international politics and women’s leadership.

The Faculty



Bottom row: Carlos Decena, Ethel Brooks, Yana Rodgers, Abena Busia
Middle row: Bonnie Smith, Zakia Salime, Leslie Fishbein, Marisa Fuentes, Jasbir Puar, Barbara Balliet, Lisa Hetfield, Charlotte Bunch
Top row: Judy Gerson, Mary Trigg, Mary Gossy, Harriet Davidson, Kyla Schuller, Sue Carroll, Radhika Balakrishnan, Anna Sampaio
Not pictured: Nikol Alexander Floyd, Ed Cohen, Drucilla Cornell, Josephine Diamond, Elizabeth Grosz, Melissa Feinberg, Mary Hawkesworth,  Nancy Hewitt, Jennifer Jones, Jacquelyn Litt, Phyllis Mack, Ishani Maitra, Joanna Regulska, Louisa Schein, Deborah Gray White

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Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building
162 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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