Department ofWomen's and Gender Studies

Graduate Programs

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WGST Graduate School Resources


California programs:

  • UC Santa Cruz - Feminist Studies - Ph.D. program (in Social Justice, Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Transnational Feminism, Science & Technology Studies, Critical Race Theory) with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies
  • UC Berkeley - Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality (must be accepted into an existing Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley)
  • UCLA - Gender Studies - (Highly competitive) Ph.D. program and a Graduate Concentration in Gender Studies for UCLA graduate students in other departments.
  • UC Davis - Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies - GSW Studies does not offer MA or PhD programs, but offers designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research with other graduate programs, such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Psychology, Sociology, and more.


Top Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Grad Schools (according to U.S. News):

  1. UC Santa Barbara
  2. UC Berkeley
  3. University of Wisconsin- Madison - M.A. program in Gender and Women’s Studies
  4. Stanford University - Ph.D. Minor degree in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  5. University of Michigan- Ann Arbor - Offers joint doctoral degrees with disciplinary departments (English & Women’s Studies, History & Women’s Studies, Psychology & Women’s Studies, and Sociology & Women’s Studies)
  6. New York University - MA degree in the History of Women and Gender
  7. University of Maryland- College Park - Ph.D. program with 5 areas of studies
  8. University of Massachusetts- Amherst - Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies