Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is the multidisciplinary study of women's lives and experiences.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies place women's concerns, gender analysis, and/or LGBTQ experience at the center of academic study.  We recognize that gender and sexuality intersect with other categories of identity and experience, including race, ethnicity, social class, ability, and age.  Our courses examine a wide range of topics from multidisciplinary perspectives.  We encourage community involvement and activism, and our majors, minors, and graduate students complete internships with social change agencies and organizations.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies announces its new PhD, beginning Fall 2016.
Application deadline: January 15, 2016. Applications accepted soon.

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill at qwo-li.driskill@oregonstate.edu.



The submission date for Fall 2016 has been extended to January 15, 2016!

Students interested in applying to the Masters program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will apply through the Graduate Studies program at OSU: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions  

DO NOT apply directly to the program itself. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide all necessary supplemental materials. Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the WGSS admissions committee for review.

Supplemental materials you will be asked to provide include:

  • Statement of purpose (this serves as both a writing sample and an opportunity to share your interest in the WGSS program)
  • Copies of all official transcripts from academic institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official proof of GPA. The program requires a GPA of 3.0; however, we do not discourage applicants to apply with a lower GPA under certain circumstances.

Testing Requirements: The program does NOT require GRE scores. If your GPA is less than 3.0 it is strongly recommended that you DO provide GRE scores. In the case of international students, an English language proficiency test may be required. OSU accepts both TOEFL and IELTS.

For information on sending reference letters see our Applicant Letters of Reference information page.