Masters in Women's Studies & Gender Studies PhD Programs
While pursuing a masters in womens studies, you could learn about feminist theory, social change, the history of important women and much more. This type of degree could prepare you for a variety of different career paths.
Why Pursue a Master’s Degree in Women's Studies?
Within the greater umbrella of cultural studies and humanities, there are a number of specific focus areas students may pursue. One of these is women's studies.
The issues tackled by gender studies programs may be of increasing importance in today's world, as companies are faced with questions and issues such as the gender wage gap, Family and Medical Leave Act concerns and issues of gender identity and non-binarism, just to name a few. Students who cultivate a keen understanding and perspective through women's studies programs may acquire skills useful in addressing these common workplace concerns.
Women’s Studies Master’s Degree Curriculum
Women's studies is a humanities-based subject. As such, students could expect to be exposed to courses prominent in other areas of liberal arts, such as literature, philosophy and sociology. However, the main difference is that women's studies programs approach these topics from the perspective of women's effect on such topics, as well as the ways that popular schools of thought have affected women as a population.
Many programs may include courses on feminist theory, which can comprise studies in literature, philosophy, art, technology and history. As a liberal arts field, women's studies tends to be more research-focused, and students should expect to complete a dissertation or similar research project to complete the degree.
In recent years, some programs have begun adapting their women's studies courses to include a broader range, including studies in gender and sexuality, as well as placing increased emphasis on smaller populations such as
transgender or non-binary individuals.
Potential Career Paths for Women’s Studies Majors
Unlike some other degrees, women's studies programs don't prepare graduates for a specific field, but rather impart to them skills that may be applied across a broad range of professions. For example, graduates may wish to apply their knowledge of women's studies to a health care setting, offering advice and care in issues of women's and reproductive health. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, community health workers earned a 2012 median annual salary of $34,620, with jobs in the field expected to grow by 21 percent through 2022.1
Many graduates may also wish to pursue a career in politics or public policy. The BLS reported that political scientists earned a 2012 median annual salary of $102,000, with an expected 21 percent growth in jobs through 2022.2
Is Earning a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies Right for You?
If the first decade of the 21st century is any indication, women's issues may continue to grow in prominence in the coming years, especially as they influence areas such as corporate policy or even state and federal legislation governing issues such as pay equity and reproductive health. Students who complete a women's studies program may be well-equipped to approach these topics and any others that surface as the corporate, legal and government landscape continues to change.
- Dublin, IrelandDublin, Ireland
University College Dublin
The MA Women, Gender & Society provides students with an opportunity to develop their critical understanding of contemporary society and bring their knowledge and understanding of policy making and social change to a new depth.
- Malvern, AustraliaMalvern, Australia
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
London Metropolitan University
This course is offered in collaboration with the Women's Library, housed in a new building on the London City campus. The course features small-group seminar and tutorial teaching by expert researchers in the field, with an emphasis on active student pa...
- Canberra, AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Australian National University, The
The Graduate School of The Australian National University is a cosmopolitan academic community, attracting students from many countries and from all parts of Australia. Approximately 1200 graduate students are enrolled in research degrees (PhD or Master...
- Mankato, MNMankato, MN
Minnesota State University - Mankato
The Master of Science in Gender and Women's Studies is an internationally known program which attracts students from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Historically it has been based predominantly in the social sciences, with input from humanities and s...
- Bundoora, AustraliaBundoora, Australia
La Trobe University
- Halifax, NSHalifax, NS
Mount Saint Vincent University
This program is co-operatively sponsored by Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, and Saint Mary's University.
- Ankara, TurkeyAnkara, Turkey
Ankara Universitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitusu
- Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
- Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark
University of Copenhagen
- Lubbock, TXLubbock, TX
Texas Tech University
The Women’s Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives...
- Tucson, AZTucson, AZ
University of Arizona
Our 2-year Master's program enables students to pursue their own areas of interest through analyses that illuminate the inextricable interconnections...
- Schaumburg, ILSchaumburg, IL
- Columbus, OHColumbus, OH
Ohio State University
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender and its intersection with sexuality at the center of inquiry. It raises many questions about gender and sexuality as socially and cult...
- Columbus, OH
- Loughborough, United KingdomLoughborough, United Kingdom
- Caulfield, AustraliaCaulfield, Australia
Anti-essentialist marxism; post-modern feminism; action research methods; modern feminist poetics; social constitution of sexed bodies, rethinking the...
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
University College London
This interdisciplinary programme draws on the expertise available throughout UCL in a wide range of faculties and departments. The programme aims to address the challenges arising from contemporary changes in gender relations and to provide students wit...
- Brisbane, AustraliaBrisbane, Australia
- Fairfax, VAFairfax, VA
George Mason University
- Northampton, United KingdomNorthampton, United Kingdom
University of Northampton