Someone attending full-time could complete the degree in 1.5 years. Part-time students will have up to 4 years to complete the degree.
- 30 credits, including 4 CORE COURSES and 5 elective courses selected from any related courses taught at the Graduate Center; three of these must be in one of the curricular TRACKS.
- Completion of either a research-based thesis of 30-50 pages, OR an internship at a New York City-based organization (non-government organization, policy center, United Nations agency, and the like), with a final written report.
Students will structure their coursework along one of the following curricular tracks:
- Health, Science and Technology
This track will prepare students for doctoral study in science and technology studies, women’s studies, medical sociology, medical anthropology, and public health. It will also offer humanities and social sciences training to those with B.A. degrees in the sciences who wish to pursue more interdisciplinary graduate work on health, health care delivery, and science. Further, it will offer exposure to women’s and gender-related health care issues for liberal studies and science graduates interested in working in healthcare-related fields.
- Politics and Policy
In addition to preparing graduates for doctoral programs in political science, sociology and women’s and gender studies, the Politics and Policy track will prepare graduates for jobs in public policy organizations and non-profit advocacy organizations that are focused on women’s and gender issues. This track will train graduates in pertinent women’s and gender issues.
- Transnational Feminisms
Students in this track will focus on issues of developing collaborative projects across borders of all kinds, both formal borders (i.e. national borders) as well as more informal borders (such as borders between communities, groups, etc.). Graduates will be better prepared for work in NGOs related to women’s development issues, agencies focused on ethnicity and immigration, human resources and diversity-related offices in universities, nonprofits and corporations, and cultural organizations, as well as doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities that have a focus on gender, nationality, religious identity, ethnicity, and race, including anthropology, sociology, political science and women’s studies.
- Social, Cultural and Literary Analysis
Students in this track will explore the ways in which women’s and gender studies scholarship has brought new perspectives to the humanities, literature and the arts, and has helped to inaugurate a new field of work in cultural studies that links the study of forms of cultural expressiveness—including both the verbal, the written and the visual—to other modes of analysis within as well as beyond the humanities. Graduates with an M.A. degree in this track will be better prepared for doctoral work in literature, cultural studies and the arts, and will be more competitive for jobs in arts and cultural organizations focused on women or gender.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Studies (In collaboration with the CLAGS Program at the Graduate Center)
This track will prepare students for work in policy, education, journalism, public health, urban studies, social work, clinical practice, advocacy, diplomacy and NGO positions that require expertise in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences, as well as for doctoral studies in a broad array of disciplines. Global and U.S. domestic politics, policies and practices, at both the state and the federal level, are increasingly focused on sexuality issues, such as HIV prevention and treatment, access to contraception, assisted reproductive technologies, sexuality education in schools, LGBTQ rights, sexual violence, migration and trafficking.