Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Master of Arts

Loyola offers a Master of Arts in Women's Studies & Gender Studies, as well as two dual-degree programs with social work and theology. Additionally, we both a concentration for current students and a certificate program.

Masters of Arts in Women's Studies & Gender Studies

The masters degree consists of 24 hours (or 8 courses), which includes a research tool requirement. Both core courses (WSGS 401 and 402) in the graduate program are required. The additional six courses are electives chosen from WSGS courses or courses crosslisted with the WSGS program. One of the elective courses must be multicultural or have a global emphasis, such as WSGS 450. The research tool requirement, a course in data analysis or in research methods (qualitative or quantitative), is fulfilled by WSGS 402.

As part of the M.A. program, all students must complete a capstone experience of their choice: an internship, a thesis, or a self-designed practicum.  Upon completion of the program, all students do a capstone presentation -- reflecting on the culmination of their work in the program as well as future applications of their WSGS curriculum -- at the biannual WSGS capstone ceremony and celebration.  Along with the capstone presentation, students are required to submit a brief synthesis paper and annotated bibliography of ten sources in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies that have been influential to their work. 

The MA program does not offer scholarships to new applicants. There are one to two administrative graduate assistantships available on a competitive basis to continuing students. Graduate assistantships in other programs and organizations are also available on a competitive basis to continuing Loyola graduate students.

The MA program application requires three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all universities attended, a personal statement of purpose and a writing sample of five to twenty-five pages that includes citations and references, as well as the completed application form with application fee. Letters of reference from professors are preferred. The writing sample may be on any topic.

Below is an example of a full 1-year program of obtaining your MA in WSGS.

Fall

  • WSGS 401: History of Feminist Thought—Required
  • WSGS 397: Queer Theory—Elective
  • WSGS 450: Global Feminisms—Required

Spring

  • WSGS 402: Feminist Methodogies & Foundations—Required
  • SOCL 426: Sociology of Gender—Elective
  • SOWK 502: Ethnicity, Race and Culture: Diversity in Human Experience—Elective

Summer

  • WSGS 498/499: Practicum or Internship*—Elective
  • WSGS 500: Thesis*—Research Tool

Below is an example of a 1.5-year program of obtaining your MA in WSGS while working.

Fall

  • WSGS 401: History of Feminist Thought—Required
  • HIST 561: Seminar in Christian Ethics: Religion, Violence, & Peace—Elective

Spring

  • WSGS 402: Feminist Methodogies & Foundations—Required
  • SOWK 619: Issues in the Treatment of Women—Elective

Summer

  • WSGS 498/499: Practicum or Internship* (on weekends)—Elective
  • WSGS 500: Thesis* (weeknights)—Research Tool

Fall 2

  • WSGS 450: Global Feminisms—Required
  • PHIL 480: Liberalism & Feminism—Elective

More Information

For information about graduate programs in Women's Studies and Gender Studies, contact the Graduate Program Director Suzanne Bost at sbost@luc.edu. To request materials or information online, please fill out this form.

Application

To apply to a Women's Studies and Gender Studies graduate program, visit Graduate and Professional Education at Loyola or click here to apply online. Applicants for the dual MSW/MA degree should apply for admission to the programs using one application, indicating their intent to pursue the dual degree.

The MA program application requires three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all universities attended, a personal statement of purpose and a writing sample of five to twenty-five pages that includes citations and references, as well as the completed application form with application fee. Letters of reference from professors are preferred. The writing sample may be on any topic.

Deadlines:

The application for the Masters degree in Women's Studies and Gender Studies is due by:

Fall entry: June 1
Spring entry: November 1