Future Students

Three grad students in GNDS 801 class

Degree Information

The MA in Gender Studies is a one-year program. Full-time students take two (3.0 credit) required courses and four (3.0 credit) elective courses in fall and winter semesters, and complete a Major Research Paper (50-60 page /10000-12000 words) during spring and summer.

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 performance, gender and globalization, psychoanalytic theories of race, gender and sexuality, settler colonialism and Indigenous politics, and autobiographic narratives, among others.

Supervisors and Fields of Study

Our faculty are recognized internationally for their scholarship, particularly in the areas of:

  • Activism and Alliance Building
  • Anti-Colonial Thought
  • Anti-Racist Feminisms
  • Black Geographies
  • Colonialisms
  • Creative Emancipatory Work
  • Diaspora
  • Ethnography
  • Gender and Poverty
  • Gender and Trauma in Memoir and Sequential Art
  • Globalization, Work and Social Justice
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Queer Studies
  • Trans Studies
  • Transnationalism


Jacqueline Davies Intersectional Feminism, Philosophy and Social Justice

Samantha King Sociocultural Studies of Sport, Health and the Body

Margaret Little Gender and Poverty, Gender and the State

Katherine McKittrick Black Diaspora Studies, Race and Racism, Geographies, Queer-Race Theories

Scott Morgensen Queer Studies, Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Activisms, White Settler Colonialism, Feminist and Queer Ethnography

Trish Salah Transnational Studies in Gender, Sexuality, Race and Minority Cultural Production

Sarita Srivastava Anti-Racist Feminism, Social Movements, Sociology of Emotion

Jane Tolmie Feminist and Queer Theories, Women’s and Medieval Literature, Performance, Sequential Art



How to Apply

Application deadline: February 1, 2016

Open Applications Period: Application review begins December 15 and applications are accepted until February 1.

Facts about Kingston

Fact Sheet about Kingston and Queen's - pdf here


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

The Gender Studies MA offers substantial and competitive funding. Funding is well above the average of U15 Master’s programs and MA programs at Queen’s.


Minimum Funding Package


Students generally receive minimum funding of $14,000.


Funding is derived primarily from the Queen’s Graduate Award (QGA) and teaching assistantships (TA-ships) in the department’s undergraduate courses. Funding may be augmented if the student acquires internal or external scholarships and awards or employment through research grants or contracts,.


TA-ships require up to 10 hours per week of class participation, 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).


Stipends are typically paid in three equal installments throughout the year. Students are paid for their Teaching Assistantships monthly for the duration of their TA contract(s).

External and Internal Scholarships


We consistently enroll students with the SSHRC CGS-M (Canada Graduate Scholarship) and other awards.


SSHRC students at Queen’s also receive a no-strings $5000 “top-up” scholarship.


All Queen’s applicants with a first-class average may apply for an Academic Excellence Award, valued at $15,000.


The Graduate Program in Gender Studies puts students forward for Queen's internal awards and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).