Future Students

Degree Information

Courses and research projects will be interdisciplinary and attend to areas such as textual and creative narrative, political economies, social justice, and indigenous and migratory cultures.
The MA in Gender Studies is a 2-year degree program. Full time students take 2 (3.0) required courses and 2 (3.0) elective courses in their first year. The second year will be dedicated to researching, writing and defending theses.

Areas of Expertise

Activism, social justice and political economy

Representation, art, popular culture, cultural production and literatures

(Post) colonial, migratory and diasporic communities

Feminist and gender theories including critical race/anti-racist theory and queer theory

Pedagogies, solidarity and alliances

Settler colonialism in Canadian Queer/Trans politics

These areas are all understood in relation to key gender studies tenets such as: sexual and gender diversity; identity and difference (including intersections of race, class, accessibility/ability, religion, age and location); labour; the nation-state; performance; embodied knowledge.

How to Apply

Application deadline: February 1, 2015

For queries regarding the Graduate Program, please contact our Graduate Assistant, Terrie Easter Sheen terrie.eastersheen@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000 ext 75397.

For more information, visit: http://www.queensu.ca/gnds/apply.php

Facts about Kingston

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Residence

While the School of Graduate Studies and Research has no formal requirements for length of residence, it is expected that students will normally maintain two consecutive terms on campus during the first year of the degree.

Financial Support

Stipends will be provided for incoming MA candidates at a minimum of approximately $14,000 per academic year (September 1 – August 31) pro-rated to the number of semesters spent in full time study each year. There is no guarantee that the stipend will remain at this high level in future years.

Resources for stipends are derived from a combination of Queen’s Graduate Awards (QGA), teaching assistantships (TA-ships) in the department’s undergraduate courses, contributions from research grants and contracts, internal scholarships and awards, and external scholarships and awards. Stipends are typically paid in three equal installments throughout the year.

Students are automatically considered for QGA and TA-ships when accepted to the MA. TA-ships require up to a maximum of 10 hours a week of tutorial leadership, preparation, marking, and other duties. We normally try to offer two TA-ships per academic year. TA opportunities may be reduced subsequent to the initial offer (for example, in the case of a student winning additional external awards).

TA-ships are regarded as both a source of funding and as an important element in the student’s career development. Students are paid for their Teaching Assistantships monthly for the duration of their TA contract(s).

The Graduate Program in Gender Studies puts students forward for Queen's internal awards and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). All incoming students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships and grants themselves, such as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) awards. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up by Queen’s. For information on internal and external scholarships, as well as conference awards, see the Funding Opportunities document and the links below.