Master's Degrees

Women's, Gender, & Sex Studies

What is Women's, Gender, & Sex Studies?

The MA program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country, provides intensive academic training in feminist theory, women's and gender issues, and sexuality studies.  The MA core curriculum focuses on foundational, intersectional, and transnational feminist theories. Students may also choose from a range of electives in areas such as literature, geography, history, sociology, politics and art, as well as legal, development, cross-cultural and sexuality studies. In addition, students may opt to concentrate in one of the program's areas of specializations: sexuality studies and transnational feminisms. Electives can be chosen from a range of courses offered by core and affiliate faculty, including internships and study abroad opportunities. We also offer a joint MA/JD degree program with UC's Law School, a program which is part of the Law School's Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice. Both the MA and MA/JD programs culminate in an original research or creative project supervised by a faculty committee.

Admission Requirements

Your application should include the following information:

    • Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Application
    • Personal essay (approx. 1-2 double-spaced pages), in which you demonstrate your personal and intellectual commitment to women's, gender, and sexuality studies, your potential to succeed in a research-oriented graduate program, and your professional goals consistent with advanced work in the field
    • Recent (within 5 years) GRE scores (General Test): In order to guarantee these scores reach us by January 15, you must take the exam no later than December. Visit to register online and find test times and locations (the institutional code for the University of Cincinnati is 1833; the GRE major field code is 2201). The GRE may be waived for international students upon approval from the WGSS Graduate Director
    • Recent (within 2 years) TOEFL or IELTS Scores: Required for non-native English speakers. Expected minimum TOEFL score of 600. Expected minimum IELTS score of 6.5
    • Three letters of recommendation: When possible request these letters from individuals who can address your work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and/or your research-oriented work
    • Writing sample: In most cases, this will be an essay or research paper about women, gender, and/or sexuality related issues written for a prior college course. Applicants returning to university after a period of absence should confer with the Graduate Director about the possibility of submitting another type of writing sample, such as a grant application, magazine article, or letter to the editor
    • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate courses. Please note: You will need to arrange for official copies of your transcripts to be sent directly to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210164, Cincinnati OH 45221-0164, by January 15 of the intended year to begin study (e.g., to start in Fall 2009, apply by January 15, 2009)

Applications should be complete by January 15, particularly if you wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. Initial notification for admissions and financial aid will be made by late February or early March. Given sufficient space, we will consider complete applications for admission (without funding) up to March 31. If you have any questions, call us at (513) 556-6776 or e-mail our Graduate Director,; or contact our Graduate Program Graduate Assistant at


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Arts Degree in Women's, Gender, & Sex Studies

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


3322 French Hall-West
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: 513-556-1774
Ashley Currier