Graduate Programs

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies (30 credits); the first department in the state of Michigan to offer a stand-alone MA degree in WGST. Apply here.

We also offer a graduate certificate (12 credits) that can be completed alongside your MA in another field at EMU, enhancing your marketability.

We offer a combination of different modes of course delivery to accommodate a diversity of students:

  • Those who live a great distance from campus.
  • Those who work fulltime.
  • Those who might have a prohibitive disability.
  • Those who are caretakers of others.
  • Those who live in close proximity to campus.

Some of our classes are offered face-to-face, some synchronously via Zoom, some are delivered asynchronously online, and some are hybrids of face-to-face and online delivery modes.

The WGST MA degree is interdisciplinary. Along with core courses in feminist theory and methodology, students complete cross-disciplinary courses from an array of choices. Common offerings include courses on globalization, LGBTQ issues, race and ethnicity, the workplace and policy, mentoring, social work, literary criticism, cultural and technology studies, creative writing, philosophy, criminology, disability studies, and more.

The MA degree culminates in a capstone experience that can be based on original scholarship (Thesis), practical experience (Practicum),  a creative project (Project), or a presentable or publishable paper (Coursework Option).

EMU is located in Southeast Michigan between Ann Arbor and Detroit with easy access to an international airport. Our students are from both the United States and the rest of the world. They go on to work in non-profit organizations, educational institutions, local and state politics, and corporations. We have also successfully placed students in PhD programs across the country.

We do not require the GRE. We offer funded Graduate Assistantships every year. We offer rolling admissions so you can start your course work at the beginning of either the Fall or Winter semester. Apply today!

For general program advising, please contact Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, Graduate Coordinator, at 734.487.1177 or [email protected].

For MA students planning for their Thesis, Final Project, Practicum, or Coursework Option please reference the Graduate Handbook [PDF].

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