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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Graduate Courses Fall 2018

This is a listing of our course offerings for the Fall 2018 semester. Click the plus sign (+) to display full information about the course (and link to syllabus, if one has been uploaded).

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pdfGraduate Fall 2018 Schedule

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