GWSS seeks to admit students whose career goals and scholarly interests can be best nurtured by our faculty and academic milieu. Applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Feminist Studies should indicate why they believe our department can provide a strong foundation in their intended area of study (including ways in which the applicant's interests intersect with those of our core faculty) as well as discuss any unique talents or experiences that the applicant will bring to enrich our community of scholars.
Applicants to the doctoral program should demonstrate familiarity with the academic field of Feminist Studies at the undergraduate level. A strong applicant will have some training in either qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology, and will have fluency in a foreign language, at least through the intermediate level. An applicant who does not meet these criteria should plan on completing foreign language and methodology training early in their graduate student career. In addition, applicants must meet these basic requirements:
- A 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher over the most recent two years of study.
- A baccalaureate degree for an accredited institution.
- Submission of results from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Meeting these minimum standards does not ensure admission, however. Please read a full description of the Feminist Studies Doctoral Program and Ph.D. Admissions. In addition to reading about the Feminist Studies Doctoral Program, international applicants please read Ph.D. Admissions - International Applicants.
Students who have earned an MA from another institution may apply to our program, but an MA is not required for admission to the Ph.D. Program in Feminist Studies.