PhD Admission Criteria

The PhD program accepts students with a Master’s degree as well as students coming directly from a Bachelor’s program. Applicants should have a BA or MA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies or a closely related field and a strong grounding in feminist theory. Successful applicants to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies PhD program have had undergraduate/graduate GPAs of 3.4 or higher. The GRE is required for all PhD applicants, however there is no minimum GRE score.

Applicants for the direct-to-PhD need to demonstrate, in addition to the excellence expected of all our MA candidates, rigorous preparation, commitment to serious intellectual study, and extraordinary scholarly ability. The department reserves the right to admit some of these applicants to the MA program but not to the direct-to-PhD program.

Applicants are judged on the basis of letters of recommendation, statements of interest, GPA and writing sample, and GRE/TOEFL scores. Applicants to the PhD program who are currently enrolled in the department's MA program are evaluated on the same criteria as those applying from other schools.

Admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies PhD program is very competitive. The department admits approximately 10%-15% of applicants; generally 4-6 new PhD students each year. Experience has shown that the best predictors of success in the program are a scholarly background in feminist theory and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. It is highly recommended that students who do not have this 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. 

Deadlines

The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies only admits students for Autumn Semester. Applications for consideration for admission Autumn 2019 open Saturday, September 1, 2018. All application materials are due Friday, November 30, 2018 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
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