School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Gender Studies



"The first time I heard about the Gender Studies department at Queen’s University was in 2011 where someone referred to it as ‘friendly’ and supportive’ and when I was considering graduate school, I remembered those words. During my time at Gender Studies, I discovered the truth of those words on a frequent, if not daily basis, whether it was through my interactions with the staff, faculty, or fellow students Especially for those of us, living away from home, and coming from large, urban centres, having this support system has been beneficial and appreciated. Thank you.”

Bilan Hashi, MA '14

Program Contact

Rosa Gutierrez
Graduate Assistant
Gender Studies
MacIntosh Corry Hall, Room D506;
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 74629


Program Overview


The Gender Studies MA and PhD programs teach critical race, gender and sexuality studies and their applications within work for social change.  The one-year Gender Studies MA trains students in critical race, gender, and sexuality studies and social justice. The four-year Gender Studies PhD sustains our program focus on critical race, gender, and sexuality studies while offering advanced training in applications of gender studies research within work for social change.

Gender Studies at Queen’s distinctively foregrounds critical race conceptual frameworks at all levels of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Students examine gender, our key category of analysis, in terms of its interdependence with race, class, nation, sexuality, disability, age, religion, colonialism and globalization. Students conduct research in Canada and internationally and articulate their scholarship with local and global action for social justice. Students produce scholarship that is directly applicable to work for social change and to a wide variety of academic and non-academic careers.


In addition to acquiring excellent research skills and pedagogical skills through teaching assistantships, faculty research assistantships provide students with unique professionalization skills in areas such as qualitative and quantitative research, conferencing and conference organization, theoretical debate and research, mentorship in journal editorships.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduate Students in the program are trained to be equipped in anti-oppression teaching, activist work and performance, grassroots organizing and contributing to women’s and feminist NGOs, as well as other careers that focus on the well-being of Canadians and global communities. Our programs provide MA and PhD candidates with the expertise to explore future studies such as law, heath, social work, journalism, art, and teaching – with the benefit of confident writing, research and presentation skills and a politicized education.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 1 year (mrp option) - most students choose the 1 year program

M.A.: 2 years (thesis option)

Ph.D: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.A.: 1 year degree:

  • Two core courses and four additional elective courses, plus a major research paper

M.A: 2 year degree:

  • Year 1: Required and elective courses
  • Year 2: Thesis and defence

Ph.D: 4 year degree:

  • Course work, syllabus creation, dissertation
Fields of study and Supervisors

We recommend that you investigate our faculty members and their areas of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.

  • Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin: African Urban Futures, Racial Geographies, Black Popular Culture, African Feminisms, Sexuality and Urban Space in Africa, Gender and Urbanization, Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Decolonial Theory, and Global Political Economy of Development
  • Elizabeth Brulé:  Institutional Ethnographer; Social Organization of Knowledge; Indigenous feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonialist theory and Indigenous feminist politics
  • Karen Lawford: Maternity care on reserves, Medical evacuation, Midwifery, Indigenous feminist theories and methodologies, Indigenous women and Two Spirit Leadership, Indigenous health and wellness, Health care
  • Margaret Little: Welfare; poverty; Basic Income; gendered & racialized violence; Canadian social policy; marginalized women’s activism
  • Katherine McKittrick: Black Studies, Cultural Geographies, The Arts (music, fiction, poetry, visual art), Theories of Race, Interdisciplinarity
  • Scott Morgensen: Queer studies; anthropology; queer and feminist ethnography; histories and practices of anti-racist and anti-colonial activisms; white settler colonialism and Indigenous politics; activist research methods
  • Trish Salah: Transgender theory, literature and cultural production, psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis of race and culture, postcolonial literature and theory
  • Jane Tolmie: Feminist, Gender and Queer Theory, Women’s and Medieval Literature, Theatre and Performance, Sequential Art/Alternative Comics

All incoming graduate students also have the opportunity to work with over 30 cross-appointed faculty who may serve as committee members, advisors, or mentors. For more information, visit the cross-appointed faculty page on the department website.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.A: Minimum $16,000, includes Queen’s Graduate Award and teaching assistantship

Ph.D: Minimum $20,000, includes Queen’s Graduate Award and teaching assistantship

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tricouncil awards are  automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites


  • 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.


  • 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.

Other Prerequisites

  • Statement of Interest
  • Writing sample of your strongest work no more than 12 pages long, submitted separately by email directly to the department (
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: 4 weeks after we receive your full application.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website