Jun 24, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)

Adviser: Deanna Mihaly, Ph.D.
714Q Pray-Harrold

This degree explores the conceptual, analytical and practical aspects of women and gender in a global context. The interdisciplinary nature of the women’s and gender studies program allows students, in consultation with the graduate adviser, to create tailored programs of study designed to meet their goals. The program draws upon a range of courses in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services and Technology. This highly flexible program fosters scholarly debate and develops research skills for students seeking employment in business, industry, government or the nonprofit sector. Persons already employed will find the program useful to their professional advancement.

Admission Requirements

Graduate admission requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in any field.

  2. Prior completion of at least two courses with substantial content on women and/or gender and a grade of B or better.

  3. A 2.75 undergraduate GPA overall, a 3.0 in the last half cumulative undergraduate GPA, or a minimum 3.0 in graduate course work previously taken. Please comment on any grades that are not within this range.

  4. The applicant must write and submit a 2-3 page (double spaced) personal statement. The personal statement must be written in such a way as to demonstrate graduate-level writing proficiency and must include the following elements:

    • an explanation of your academic goals: specifically, areas of the field of WGST that you find particularly appealing; professors at EMU with whom you would like to work and why; research questions about the field of WGST and the role of women in society that you hope to pursue in the course of your graduate study;

    • an explanation of your professional goals and the ways in which your WGST graduate degree will help you attain these goals;

    • a discussion of any prior professional and/or community-based experience related to women and/or gender and how that informs your understanding of the field of women’s and gender studies; and

    • an explanation of how previous course work related to women and/or gender shaped your desire to pursue further study. What particular courses and writers have influenced you?

  5. Two letters of recommendation from former professors addressing the candidate’s preparation and ability to successfully complete graduate work.

  6. For students whose first language is not English, demonstrated English Language proficiency as shown by official test scores on the International English Language Testing System.  For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), students need a 90-91 on the IBT, a 233 on the CBT, or a 577 on the PBT, or they need a score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Conditional Admission
Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis with the approval of the program director.

Non-Degree Admissions
Students not meeting the GPA requirement may be granted non-degree admission with the permission of the WGST program director and the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements
Students will develop competencies through core requirements, restricted electives and complementary concentrations.

Core Courses: 12 hours

Students should consult the director and/or adviser for other approved women’s and gender studies courses offered each semester. The M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies is distributed among core courses, restricted elective courses and complementary concentration courses as follows:

Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours

Select six hours from the following courses (others by permission):

Complementary Concentration Courses: 12 hours

Students must select two or more complementary concentrations in other fields. A minimum of four hours is required in each of the complementary areas of study (12 hours total required). Students must consult with the women’s and gender studies director or the women’s and gender studies adviser for specific courses in each area that are approved for women and gender studies credit.

Possible complementary concentrations:

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
Educational Leadership
Educational Psychology
English Language and Literature
Technology Studies/Nonprofit Management
Political Science
Social Foundations of Education
Social Work

Program Total: 30 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Women's and Gender Studies

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.