The MA Program in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies offers a cutting edge curriculum that focuses on the interconnectedness of local, global, and transnational feminist theories, methodologies, research, public policies, and social movements. In all aspects of the program, there is an emphasis on scholarly, creative, and action-based scholarship that explores interlocking systems of oppression and privilege--gender, race, sexuality, class, nation--to address issues of power, resistance, and social transformation.
If you are excited about a program that connects feminist theories to activism and social justice, that attends to interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, and that engages local and global communities through research, advocacy, and service, then DePaul University's Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies is for you.
We work diligently to meet the needs and aspirations of our students by offering a unique educational experience that combines rigorous academic scholarship with opportunities for leadership development through community and campus engagement. A few of our signature program opportunities include:
– We offer up to four WGS Graduate Assistantships each year in innovative campus and community-based projects; graduate assistants typically complete up to 20 hours of weekly service to the department in exchange for a tuition waiver and stipend. In addition, we have a partnership with the Center for Intercultural Programs
that offers a paid assistantship with tuition waivers each year for a WGS graduate student. We also assist graduate students in seeking other employment and assistantship opportunities across the University.
Four Capstone Options: We offer four options for the Final Capstone Project consonant with each students personal, intellectual, and/or professional interests and goals--an MA Thesis, a Creative Project, a Practical Project, or a Portfolio Project. For more information, please see the WGS Graduate Handbook
or click here
to view Final Project presentations from our most recent graduate cohort.
Alums from our WGS MA program have followed a number of trajectories some have gone on to PhD programs, a good number are leaders in local and national nonprofit advocacy or service organizations, some are elementary, high school, and community college teachers, and some have developed their own independent career paths as artists, writers, healers, musicians, and activists. Please see our Alumni Resources
page for more information about our alumni and ways to connect to our broader alumni community.
If you are interested in applying, the deadline for applications is February 15.
The MA in Women's and Gender Studies requires completion of 48 credit hours. The program requires five Core courses, five or six Elective courses organized around a focus tailored to the individual students needs, and a Capstone consisting of either a two-course Thesis Option, a two-course Practical or Creative Project Option, or a one-course Portfolio option.
Course offerings are scheduled so that students will ordinarily complete the program in two years. All Core required courses, and many Elective courses, will be offered during the evening.
Students are also required to participate in a first year ProSeminar that offers guidance and resources to make the most of the graduate program. Proseminar Meetings are held three times a quarter; they are approximately one hour sessions, and are held one hour and fifteen minutes prior to the core required courses that are offered each quarter: in Autumn, WGS 400; in Winter, WGS 465; in Spring, WGS 491.
Resources and Forms
Graduate Student Funding and Scholarships
For more information on the WGS MA Program, please contact Dr. Ann Russo
, WGS Graduate Program Director.