Women's Studies Hero

Women's and Gender Studies

Women's Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center is a space where an expansive vision of justice frames the core of our work. Our academic programs and center are engaged in both intellectual, practical, and activist projects that make us accountable to liberation.
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Women's Studies Hero

Women's Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center is a space where an expansive vision of justice frames the core of our work. Our academic programs and center are engaged in both intellectual, practical, and activist projects that make us accountable to liberation.

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Degree Offered

M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies

Full-time/Part-time

Advanced Certificate in Women's Studies (GC Students Only)

Available only to matriculated Graduate Center students

Admissions Deadlines

January 15 M.A. priority deadline for fall
April 15 M.A. final deadline for fall

Upcoming Event

Grace Cho: "Tastes Like War"

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

6:00 pm

Gender and sexuality issues are front and center in today’s political, cultural, and economic life. Women’s and Gender Studies, which originally grew out of the international feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, is now a well-established international field of study, focusing on, among other things, the roles of women and men in today’s society; the growing debates over gender, class, race, sexuality, and disability in the construction of identity at both individual and community levels; and the search for equity and social justice in an increasingly unequal society, both in the United States and around the world.

Students will be prepared to enter a wide range of government or private organizations that require gender expertise including social policy organizations, and/or to undertake further study. Students will have access to diverse faculty and wide expertise as well as to the rich resources available in New York City.

M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies

The Master's program is open to students from any relevant academic major, and/or working people seeking to return to school for a higher degree. Students will complete 30 credits, and a research-based thesis of 30-50 pages or an internship with a final report.

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Certificate Program in Women's Studies

The certificate program can be pursued by students already enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Graduate Center. To earn the certificate, students must take one prerequisite course, two required courses, and a minimum of two electives.

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Center for the Study of Women and Society

Center for the Study of Women and Society

The Center sponsors the Certificate Program in Women’s Studies and hosts the M.A. program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The center promotes interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and focuses its research on the intersectional study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and nation in societies around the world.

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Dana-Ain Davis

Professor, Anthropology; Professor, Psychology; Director and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies; Director, Center for the Study of Women and Society

Eileen Liang

Assistant Program Officer, Center for the Study of Women and Society