Future Students

Three grad students in GNDS 801 class

Degree Information

In addition to core courses on theories and methodologies in Gender Studies, students can take graduate courses in Gender Studies and in cognate departments on such topics as black studies, feminist activisms, gender and globalization, settler colonialism and Indigenous politics, and autobiographic narratives, among others.

The MA in Gender Studies has two streams: a one-year course based stream and a two-year thesis based stream. All students who are accepted into our MA program are immediately enrolled in the one-year stream. Students who wish to consider a two-year thesis option must apply for this in December of their first year of candidacy. Entrance into the two-year stream is not guaranteed.

Full time students in the one-year MA stream complete: two (3.0) GNDS required courses; two (3.0) GNDS elective courses; two (3.0) elective courses in a cognate department; one 50-60 page (10 000-12 000 word) original research paper (GNDS 898). The timeline is 12 months with 24 weeks of course work (Fall and Winter) and four months (Summer) to write the research paper.

Full time students in the two-year MA stream complete: two (3.0) required courses and two (3.0) elective courses (in Gender Studies or a cognate department) 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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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.