The MA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is a two-year program that prepares students for careers in agencies and institutions that serve underrepresented populations, for PhD work in women’s, gender and sexuality studies or a discipline in a related area, or for advanced professional training in such ﬁelds as law and public policy. Students who have completed the MA degree have gone on to PhD work in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as English, History, Film/Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, and Sociology. Other recent graduates have taken such positions as editors, researchers, non-profit organizers and TV producers.
With rare exceptions, the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies offers full funding during Autumn and Spring semesters of the academic year for all admitted MA students, including international students, through a Graduate Associateship or a fellowship. Most Graduate Associates will serve as Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs). GTAs are expected to teach one class during autumn semester and one class during spring semester in exchange for tuition and fee waivers (~$12,000/year for residents of Ohio and ~$32,000/year for non-residents), a health insurance subsidy ($~2,300/year), and a nine month stipend (currently at $1,900/month or $17,100/year). There’s no additional application needed for this opportunity as all admitted WGSS graduate students receive funding. MA students generally receive two years of funding.
At present, we cannot guarantee summer funding for every student. Our base funding package is a nine-month stipend that covers September through April, along with half of May and half of August. Summer funding opportunities are limited to a handful of GTA positions, with priority granted to advanced PhD candidates.
Funding for Dual or Combined MA Degrees
Funding provided by WGSS is allotted for the average time to degree within WGSS. For example, MA funding provided by WGSS is for two years as the average time to degree is two academic years. Students enrolled in dual degree programs that take beyond this average time to degree will still only receive WGSS funding for the average WGSS time to degree. Additional funding considerations for dual and combined programs are determined on an individual basis due to differentiating tuition and fee costs across The Ohio State University.