WGSS Guide to Graduate Study
The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program offers resources and other guidance to help new and returning graduate students navigate the information they will need throughout their graduate experience.
For details on application requirements, GRE and TOEFL scores, full-time and part-time options, recommendations and more, read Columbian College’s guidelines to the graduate admissions process.
Program of Study
Students in both the MA in WGSS and the MA in Public Policy-WGSS must craft an individualized program of study. By the end of their first semester, students should meet with their advisor and complete a Program of Study Form obtained from the advisor. The form should be signed by their advisor and forwarded to the WGSS Program office for the student's file. Revisions to the Program of Study Form may be made as needed in consultation with the advisor.
Choosing Program Options
Master's students must choose between an MA in WGSS and an MA in WGSS-Public Policy.
In the Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degree program, students choose a concentration in either a discipline or topical area:
- Specific disciplines include anthropology, sociology, English, history, philosophy or another discipline (with permission). This option most often suits students interested in pursuing a PhD in a discipline, and those whose interests fit easily within disciplinary lines.
- Topical areas include women and health, international development and race and gender. Students may choose the topical area option because their intellectual passions and career objectives are truly interdisciplinary. This option provides flexibility for students with diverse interests.
While there are opportunities for students with policy interests to include policy courses in their program of study through electives or chosen discipline, students who wish to pursue public policy careers may find the MA in Public Policy-WGSS a better fit.
The Master of Arts in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies prepares students to succeed in the professional world of public policy and includes training in conventional social science components: economics, quantitative methods and policy analysis. Students also cultivate a feminist lens to analyze public policy issues that affect women and participate in Washington, D.C., policy networks and organizations.
Cost and Deadlines
- Graduate Certificate: April 1
- MA in WGSS: April 1
- MA in Public Policy-WGSS: April 1
- MA Applications for Assistantships and Fellowships: February 1
Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour. Books and supplies can be estimated at an additional $700/year. For detailed cost information, visit the Student Accounts Office website.
The GW Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs.
Graduate students may be eligible to receive funding opportunities from the WGSS Program, as well as other available awards and scholarships.
For more information on the graduate program, consult these university tools.
GW Graduate Student Handbooks
Download the Columbian College master’s, graduate certificate or doctoral student handbooks for general guidance on deadlines, leaves of absence, thesis guidelines and final dissertation defense.
Tools for Thesis Writing
Gelman Library and Consortium
In addition to a robust collection and consortium with nearby libraries, GW’s library services include specialist researchers in WGSS topics.