M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at OSU

Our program focuses on women of color feminisms, transnational feminisms, and queer feminist studies, offering PhD students critical foundations in both theory and practice. We offer our students both the intellectual and applied skills to serve as activist-scholars and global citizens, prepared to engage matters of social justice within public, private, and academic spheres.

Application deadline for Fall 2018 is Dec. 1, 2017.

Online Application Process and Form

Program Admission Requirements

  • List of possible M.A. supervisors based on research interests
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of no more than 750 words specifically detailing why you are interested in a graduate program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University and how your past experiences contribute to your future goals.
  • Writing sample (no more than 20 pages)
  • Current CV
  • GRE (Optional): The WGSS Program does not require the GRE. However, GRE scores are sometimes used by the Graduate School to help determine additional funding opportunities.

Master of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
 Core Requirements 

WGSS 503. Thesis (6 cred.)
WGSS 511. Orientation and Professionalization I (1)
WGSS 512. Orientation and Professionalization II (1)
WGSS 513. Orientation and Professionalization III (1)
WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4)
WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 616. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms (4)

SEQUENCE #1: Women of Color Feminisms/Queer of Color Feminisms

All MA students must take at least one of the following courses:

WGSS 530. Women of Color Feminisms (4)
WGSS 531. Queer of Color Critiques (3)
WGSS 575. Critical Race Feminisms (4)
WGSS 577. Queer/Trans People of Color Arts and Activism (3)
WGSS 583. Race, Gender, and Health Justice (4)

SEQUENCE #2: Global/Transnational Feminisms

All MA students must take at least one of the following courses:

WGSS 572. Indigenous Queer and Two-Spirit Studies (3)
WGSS 576. Transnational Sexualities (4)
WGSS 582. Global Perspectives on Women's Health (4)
WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4)
WGSS 595. Global Feminist Theologies (4)

SEQUENCE #3: Feminist Praxis

All MA students must take at least one of the following courses:

WGSS 510. Internship (3)
WGSS 521. Feminist Leadership (4)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
WGSS 542. The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
WGSS 586/7/8. Global Experience (3)


+ 6 credits of WGSS electives

= 41-43 credits total (depending on sequence choices)


2nd year proficiency in a second language as demonstrated by:

1.  Two years of a college language sequence on the transcript.

2.  Scoring at second year proficiency on a language placement test.

3.  Completing the 213 course of a language sequence while enrolled in the MA program.