MA Admission Criteria


Prospective MA students should have completed undergraduate courses in women's, gender and sexuality studies or closely related fields. A major, minor or certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or related field is recommended. Successful applicants to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies MA program generally have GPAs of 3.4 or higher. Applicants are judged on the basis of letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, GPA, writing sample, and TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

The GRE is NOT required for MA appliants. Do not submit GRE scores.

Admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies MA Program at Ohio State is very competitive. The department typically admits between 10-15% of MA applicants; generally 3-6 new MA students each year. Experience has shown that the best predictors of success in the program are the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies course requirements and the undergraduate GPA. It is highly recommend that students who do not have an adequate background acquire it before applying. However, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program and students with different academic backrounds are still welcome to apply. 


The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies only admits students for Autumn Semester. Applications for consideration for admission Autumn 2020 open Sunday, September 1, 2019. All application materials are due Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by 11:59 pm EST for all students. Late applications will not be considered.



For More Information

  • For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions page.
  • Contact the WGSS Academic Program Coordinator via email or call 614-292-1268