Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (MA)

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Women's Gender Sexuality Studies

Students wishing to be admitted to the MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies must meet the following requirements for admission:

  1. Students must meet the admission criteria established by the Graduate School.  Submit a complete graduate application, submit official transcripts verifying the receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and pay application fee.
  2. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Provisional admission is possible for students who do not meet this requirement.
  3. Students must submit two letters of recommendation (submitted to the Graduate School). Letters of recommendation must be current (written within the last year), and letter writers must be familiar with the applicant's academic preparation for graduate study. Members of the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Admissions Committee may not be letter writers.
  4. Students must submit one academic writing sample of at least five pages (a paper written as part of the requirements of a university or college course), which should be mailed directly to the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The Graduate Admissions Committee will determine whether the student has the necessary level of competence in written communication to enter the MA program.
  5. Students must submit a personal statement of one-two pages discussing how the MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies relates to the student's professional or personal goals (mail directly to the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies).

Any undergraduate major is acceptable for admission; however, students without Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies background may be required to take preparatory courses before beginning the MA curriculum or in addition to the MA curriculum. This will be determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate level coursework, A- or B- graded work in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies done at another institution may be applied toward the student's University of Louisville degree, upon approval of the director.

Students enrolled in the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University graduate certificate programs may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours of graduate-level A- graded or B- graded work, upon approval of the director.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be in good standing.


Admission Requirements: Dual MSSW/MA

Students must apply and be admitted to both programs in order to pursue the dual MSSW/MA degree program. Admission requirements for the Kent School of Social Work can be found on the MSSW page.

Program Requirements for MA

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies M.A. curriculum includes:

  • 13 credit hours of Foundation courses; and
  • a thesis, non-thesis, or exam option

At least 18 of the 37 credit hours must be in courses at the 600 level.

Foundation Courses
WGST 600Research/Writing in Women's and Gender Studies.1
Select 4 from the list below12
Queer Performance
Transnational Feminism
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
BLACK LESBIAN LIVES
Feminist Theory
Electives
Select electives, not chosen in another category (6-21 credit hours based on thesis, non-thesis or exam option)6-21
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Women in Developing Countries
Francophone Women Writers
Women in East Asian History
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences (recent example: Postcolonial Bodies) 1
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities 1
History of U.S. Feminisms
Queer Performance
Women and Medicine
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media
Art and Trauma
Feminism in Western Civilization
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
Women in 19th-Century America
History of American Sexualities
Women's Health in Africa
Feminism and Science Fiction
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Feminist Theory
Health and Social Justice
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences (recent example: Postcolonial Bodies) 1
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities 1
Thesis, Non-Thesis, or Exam Option3-6
Select the thesis or non-thesis option
Thesis Option
Thesis
Non-Thesis Option
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Practicum (or elective, which need not be in WGS)
Master's Degree Project
Exam Option (requires completion of 37 credit hours, plus an exam)
Minimum Total Hours22-40

Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate level coursework, A- or B- graded grade work in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies done at another institution may be applied toward the student's University of Louisville degree, upon approval of the director.

Students enrolled in the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University graduate certificate programs may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours of graduate level coursework A- or B- graded work, upon approval of the director.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be in good standing.

1

 As approved by the director of graduate studies


Program Requirements for Dual MSSW/MA

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies MSSW/MA curriculum includes:

  • 13 credit hours of Foundation courses;
  • 15 credit hours of WGST electives at the graduate level;
  • 51 credit hours of courses at the Kent School

Total 28 credit hours in WGST graduate-level courses

Foundation Courses
WGST 600Research/Writing in Women's and Gender Studies.1
Select 4 from the list below12
Queer Performance
Transnational Feminism
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
BLACK LESBIAN LIVES
Feminist Theory
Electives
Select 5 electives, not chosen in another category:15
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Women in Developing Countries
Francophone Women Writers
Women in East Asian History
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences (recent example: Postcolonial Bodies) 1
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities 1
History of U.S. Feminisms
Queer Performance
Women and Medicine
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media
Art and Trauma
Feminism in Western Civilization
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Women's Health in Africa
Feminism and Science Fiction
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Feminist Theory
Health and Social Justice
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences (recent example: Postcolonial Bodies) 1
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities 1
Kent School Hours 51
See Kent School for requirements
Minimum Total Hours79

Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate level coursework, A- graded or B- graded grade work in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies done at another institution may be applied toward the student's University of Louisville degree, upon approval of the director.

Students enrolled in the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University graduate certificate programs may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours of graduate level coursework A- or B- graded work, upon approval of the director.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be in good standing.

1

 As approved by the director of graduate studies