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Women’s and Gender Studies (MA)

Women’s and Gender Studies (MA)
Women’s and Gender Studies (MA)

Explore how gender, race and class are constructed in society

DePaul’s Women’s and Gender Studies MA program emphasizes critical theory and analysis in examining women’s lives, conditions and contributions within their historical, social, cultural, national and transnational contexts. Take a critical look at how gender, race, class and other systems of power are constructed in society.

The curriculum

  • Focuses on the interconnectedness of local and global and feminist theories, methodologies, research, public policies and social movements
  • Addresses issues of power, resistance and social transformation
  • Connects feminist theories to activism and social justice
  • Engages communities through research, advocacy and service

Courses are offered in the evening at the Lincoln Park Campus and the program can be completed in two years.

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Study in the diverse and vibrant city of Chicago

Experience activism in the heart of the city, both on the streets and in the classroom. Develop your advocacy skills with local community-based organizations like the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and About Face Theater.

Application Deadlines

The annual application priority date is February 15. Applications received after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, admission essay, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete 48 credit hours: five core courses, five or six elective courses, and a capstone project.

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of Women’s and Gender Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Faculty with a wide range of research expertise

You’ll study with Heather Montes-Ireland, whose interdisciplinary specializations include economic violence, racial capitalism, and the global economy. She is currently working on a book that examines the ways in which Latinas and Black women struggle for intersectional economic justice: “As an interdisciplinary research project, it includes a diverse data archive of historiography, visual culture, and political economy.”

“DePaul taught me what intersectional feminism was and how to apply it in my everyday life and career. Now, I teach my students to become more critical thinkers and confident academic writers. This program highly encourages an anti-racist, anti-ableist, and anti-classist approach to feminist studies. Students can expect to be immersed in a social justice and community-driven environment when earning their degrees.”

Andi (BA ’15, MA ’16)

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin

Alumni Network

Alumni of the MA in Women’s and Gender Studies program have followed a number of trajectories. Some go on to PhD programs, while others are leaders in education, media and communications, social service, human rights, law and legal advocacy, public policy, community-based organizing, creative arts and social justice.

Scholarships & Aid

The department offers yearly graduate assistantships that include a stipend. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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