Ph.D. Major

Our graduate degree program

The requirements for the doctoral degree in Gender Studies are 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, configured as at least 48 credit hours of graded course work and an additional 42 dissertation credit or coursework credit hours.

You will complete three required core courses involving theory, methodology, research skills, and professional development: G600 Concepts of Gender, G603 Feminist Theories, G702 Researching Gender Issues.

Our students also complete a 12-credit-hour minor, which should be taken externally (e.g. in another department) or in an approved program listed in the Graduate Bulletin. Elective courses complete the required hours of gender-related course work.

Only those students intending to pursue the Ph.D. will be admitted to the program. However, a Master's degree may be obtained upon satisfactory completion of its requirements, which are: at least 30 credits of course work successfully earned, including 12 credits of courses outside Gender Studies and 9 credits of core Gender Studies courses and either a comprehensive M.A. exam or a substantive research paper (M.A. thesis) of roughly 50 pages.

For official degree requirements, you should consult the Graduate Bulletin.

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