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.


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 instalments 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 links below.