Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

How to Apply

Academic Qualifications

Gender Studies MA degree program

To be considered for admission, students must achieve the following:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree (BAHon) from a recognized university in gender studies or cognate fields (women’s studies, feminist studies, sexuality studies) or in another field with evidence of a prior focus on gender.

  • A minimum of B+ in the last two years of university study.

 

Gender Studies PhD degree program

To be considered for admission, students must achieve the following:

  • An MA degree from a recognized university in gender studies or cognate fields (women’s studies, feminist studies, sexuality studies) or in another field with evidence of a prior focus on gender.

  • A minimum of B+ in the last two years of university study.
  • Consideration will be given to practitioners of gender studies in the public or private sectors who hold a BAHon/BA and who demonstrate exceptional and relevant professional experience and achievement in an appropriate field.
    *Prior to applying, PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with department faculty to learn about their interest or availability to serve as a potential Supervisor. Newly-admitted PhD students are assigned a Supervisor at the time of admission.
Application Deadline

Application review begins on December 15. The application period ends on February 1, 2019.

Preference may be given to early applicants. Applications submitted late (after February 1) will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

For queries regarding the Graduate Program, please contact the Gender Studies Graduate Office, gndsgrad@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000 ext 75397.

Application Requirements
  1. Prior to applying, applicants are strongly advised to identify potential supervisor(s) for their graduate project—although there is no guarantee regarding supervision.
     
  2. Apply online following the guidelines and procedures outlined by the School of Graduate Studies. There is a non-refundable application fee.
     
  3. Students should prepare the following documents and information for their application package—please note the different submission locations:
    • To be sent by email to the Graduate Program in Gender Studies (gndsgrad@queensu.ca):
      • An updated Curriculum Vitae or resume 
      • A writing sample.  There is no word count for a writing sample submission. We are interested in seeing any of the following:
        • A peer-reviewed academic journal article.
        • A report that you have authored for an organization, agency, or institution.
        • An unpublished thesis from an earlier degree.
        • A portfolio of your contributions (e.g., an artist’s portfolio, a professional website, etc.)
        • Or some other sample of your writing (e.g., an essay for a course you have already completed)
    • To be sent via the online application to School of Graduate Studies:
      • A statement of interest that outlines the proposed research in Gender Studies (200-300 words). This appears within the online application.
      • PhD APPLICATIONS ONLY: a statement that outlines why the proposed doctoral research should be conducted in a program that focuses on the applications of Gender Studies within work for social change (200-300 words). This appears within the online application.
    • Transcripts (See School of Graduate Studies for more details).
    • Proof of english language proficiency (See School of Graduate Studies for more details).
After Applying: What's Next

Once the online application has been received by the School of Graduate Studies:

  • SGS forwards the online application to the Graduate Program in Gender Studies with all additional documents (i.e. transcripts) following the deadline date.
  • The Gender Studies Graduate Program Committee meets and assesses the applications, either refusing or accepting the application.
  • The Gender Studies Graduate Program Committee forwards their decision to the School of Graduate Studies for assessment.
  • The School of Graduate Studies sends a letter to the applicant based on the Graduate Program Committee decision and SGS requirements.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the English Proficiency requirement will not have their application package forwarded to Gender Studies.

Information on the status of the applications will be kept by the Graduate Program Assistant.

Acceptance

Acceptance into a graduate degree program will be based on the judgment of the Graduate Admissions Committee regarding the application, research statement, letters of reference, grades, personal work/history, and available supervision.

Generally, the department admits 10 students to the MA in Gender Studies and 4 students to the PhD in Gender Studies in each year.

Rejection

Students not accepted into the program but who show academic promise will be placed on a waiting list (pending letters of response from students who have been accepted into the program). If a position opens up, the top student on the waiting list will be made an offer and they will be asked to respond within 30 days and to provide a satisfactory transcript of final grades by August 31.

Students not accepted into the program under any circumstance will be notified by an email from the School of Graduate Studies.