- Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Georgia State University
22 floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
P.O. Box 3969
Atlanta, GA 30302-3969
Susan Talburt, Interim Director
Megan Sinnott, Director of Graduate Studies
Our MA program offers innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation. The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ cutting edge academic program focuses on three crucial issues: globalization, sexuality, and social change. The interests of our five core faculty members span the globe, including the African diaspora, the Arab and Islamic worlds, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and North America, with an emphasis on issues related to globalization, sexualities, and culture, as well as local and transnational articulations of feminism. The MA prepares students for doctoral work in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and other disciplines, as well as careers in non-profit organizations, the social service sector, the political arena, and private enterprise. Some of our students pursue work in creative fields as artists, musicians, poets, journalists, or filmmakers.
To prepare for these career possibilities, WGSS provides three research options:
- Action Research Project: Examples include internships or community organizing accompanied by a theoretical essay.
- Creative Project: Examples include film-making, fiction writing, photography, or performing arts, accompanied by a theoretical essay.
- Thesis Research.
Applicants may obtain additional information about the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has the following requirements:
- Three letters of recommendation addressing the ability of the student to undertake graduate study.
- A statement of educational and/or career goals.
- A writing sample of up to 30 pages in length.
- Students seeking an M.A. degree are admitted to the program once a year (to begin in fall semester). Applicants seeking graduate assistantships must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts and Sciences by February 1 to be considered for the first decision-making process. Later applications may be considered. All applicants are considered for graduate assistantships.
Master of Arts (36 hours)
- Thirty hours of graduate coursework, 15 hours of which are required (WGSS 8001,WGSS 8002, WGSS 8003, WGSS 8004, and WGSS 8005) and 15 hours of elective WGSS courses, including those with a WGSS prefix cross listed with other departments, or approved courses in other departments. Students must receive a B minus or above in all core and elective WGSS courses, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- A minimum of six hours of Thesis Research (WGSS 8999)
- A thesis or project approved by the student’s committee.
Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
A Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is available to eligible graduate students who successfully complete five graduate courses (15 credits) in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. “Successful completion” means a grade of B or higher in each. Three of these courses must be in the core classes (WGSS 8001 Feminist Theories, WGSS 8002 Globalization and Gender, WGSS 8003 New Directions in Feminism, WGSS 8004 Feminist Methodologies, WGSS 8005 Proseminar in WGSS, or WGSS 8006 Feminist Pedagogy). The other two courses may be in a WGSS elective (drawn from courses bearing a WGSS prefix), only one of which can originate from the student’s home department.
All students seeking the WGSS Graduate Certificate must submit a formal application through the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Services. Applications are accepted three times per year: July 1 (for Fall semester), November 15 (for Spring semester), and April 1 (for Summer semester). The following individuals are eligible:
- Students who are enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in another department or institute at Georgia State University — such students must apply, but existing materials on file can be used for the application and the application fee will be waived;
- Students in the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies M.A. degree program who are unable to complete the program and who have completed the requisite coursework—these students must apply, but existing materials on file can be used for the application and the application fee will be waived;
- Students who apply solely for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies — these students must submit a complete application and pay the requisite fee.