MA in Public Policy-Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Master of Arts in Public Policy with a concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) was established in 1982 as the first graduate degree formally combining the two fields. It remains a distinctive feature of Columbian College’s WGSS Program.
Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the program offers rare opportunities through networks and organizations based in the nation’s capital, allowing students to participate in policy issues important to women. Graduates enter the workforce equipped with the professional skills they need to make them competitive participants in the world of public policy.
The curriculum combines required core and electives courses from both Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and public policy, training students in the conventional social science components: economics, quantitative methods and policy analysis. The degree also provides students with the tools to criticize conventional ways of thinking about and analyzing public policy that have traditionally excluded women.
Choosing an MA Degree
Career Paths for Graduates
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Graduate Study Guide
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Choosing Program Options
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Thesis versus Practicum
As part of the master’s program, each student chooses to write a thesis or complete one of the practicum options. Although it is possible to complete both a thesis and a practicum, most students choose one or the other.
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses, 9 credits in electives, and 3 credits of practicum or thesis research.
|WGSS 6220||Fundamentals of Feminist Theory|
|WGSS 6240||Gender and Public Policy|
|WGSS 6221||Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
|WGSS 6299||Capstone Research Seminar|
|Public Policy Core|
|PPPA 6002||Research Methods and Applied Statistics|
|PPPA 6003||Economics for Public Decision Making|
|PPPA 6006||Policy Analysis|
|And one of the following: an additional PPPA course, PHIL 6230, PHIL 6242, WGSS 6265, or SOC 6265.|
|Practicum or Thesis (3 credits)|
|WGSS 6283||Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies|
|or WGSS 6999||Thesis Research|
|9 credits in electives that may be chosen from policy, WGSS, or other approved courses|
This program is affiliated with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.