The master’s degree in gender and women’s studies provides advanced feminist training in gender analysis for students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. Incorporating local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases, the curriculum encourages students and faculty from the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences to develop innovative ways of expanding knowledge about gender in global, local, and historical contexts. As the name gender and women’s studies indicates, the M.A. retains the emphasis on women’s lives and situations that have historically informed the field of women’s studies, while also emphasizing the incisive import of gender as a category of analysis transforming knowledge about, for example, masculinity and men’s lives, transgendered lives, as well as other complex topics. The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies and women’s studies: queer studies, transgender studies, sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, disability studies, area and global studies, cultural studies, postcolonial and transnational studies.
Application Due Date
Applications for fall admission is December 15.
The following items are required as a part of the graduate application for the MA Program in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies:
1) One (1) copy of official transcripts or academic records from each institution attended. International academic records must be in the original language and accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature.
2) Three (3) letters of recommendation. We prefer that at least two of the letters come from academic sources. These letters may now be submitted on-line. Please see the Graduate School’s web link for instructions.
3) Statement of reasons why you wish to pursue the M.A. Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies (2-3 pages). In their personal statements, applicants should explicitly articulate their academic interests and goals, describe how an MA in Gender and Women’s Studies compliments those intellectual goals, and explain how the faculty and the program at UW Madison is especially well matched with the applicant’s interests.
4) Curriculum vitae or resumé.
5) Writing sample, such as a paper submitted for a course in an academic program. The admissions committee wishes to see an entire piece of written work, generally between 5 and 10 pages. We prefer an academic paper or policy memo (professional writing) because we are looking for presentation of argument as well as appropriate writing skills.
6) The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies does not require GRE scores.
Applications to the Graduate School are made online at the following website: http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/
Graduate School admission requirements are listed at http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/requirements/
Items that should be sent to the Graduate School are listed at: http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/process/
Fellowships & Funding
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies offers Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to incoming M.A. students. TA positions provide tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance. Our current departmental policy is to award new M.A. students at least two semesters of guaranteed funding through TA positions in our introductory courses. The Department is sometimes able to offer additional TA positions after the two semesters of guaranteed support based on other factors that include but are not limited to: TA evaluation and performance; additional funding from the College of Letters and Science; and availability of TA positions based on our curriculum schedule each academic year. The availability of TA positions may be different for international students and eligibility will be determined at the time of admission. There are a limited number of TA positions and applicants to the M.A. program should not count on a Teaching Assistant position in the Department as a means of financial support for their entire two years of study. The Department encourages M.A. students to apply for advertised teaching assistant and project assistant positions that may be available elsewhere on campus