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Women’s and Gender Studies M.A. Program

Welcome from the Director

We are now accepting applications for the new Master of Arts Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. For consideration in our Fall 2019 class, we are accepting applications until June 1st, 2019.

Gender and sexuality issues are front and center in today’s political, cultural and economic life. The academic field of 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 and sexuality in the construction of identity at the individual and community levels, and the search for equity and social justice in the arena of an increasingly unequal society, both in the United States and around the world.  

This degree aims to combine theory and practice, looking at gender and sexuality issues from an academic perspective, while at the same time giving students a grounding in real world issues and problems. This is an interdisciplinary program open to students from any relevant academic major, and/or working women and men seeking to return to school for a higher degree.

Women’s and Gender Studies collaborates with a wide range of disciplines at the Graduate Center, including Anthropology, Art History, History, English, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and many others.

Students completing this degree 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 at the Ph.D. level.

Please note: We do not currently offer any grants, fellowships, or scholarships for our M.A. students in Women's and Gender studies. Information about tuition at the Graduate Center can be found here.

Application requirements can be found here.

Dána-Ain Davis
Director, M.A. Program in Women's and Gender Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY


Dana Davis

Director/Associate Professor
The Graduate Center
Room 5116.01

Phone 212-817-8905

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