School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Gender Studies

King, S.J.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Morgensen, S.

Helland, J., Little, M.

Associate Professor
McKittrick, K., Morgensen, S., Srivastava, S., Tolmie, J.

Assistant Professor
Robinson, D., Salah, T.

Cross-Appointed Faculty
Aziz, S., Baines, B., Burfoot, A., Davidson, J., Davies, J., Dickey Young, P., Dubinsky, K., Dumas, G.A., Fachinger, P., Goebel, A., Goldberg, E., Hamilton, R., Hanson, L., King, S.J., Kobayashi, A.L., Krull, C., Lahey, K.A., Lamb, R., Levine-Rasky, C., Lewis, M., Lord, S., MacDonald, E.,  McIntire, G., Mullings, B., Naaman, D., Overall, C.D.,  Pegley, K., Power, E., Ratcliffe, L.M., Renders, K., Rethelyi, M., Rewa, N., Rivera, M., Scott, J., Snider, L., Thompson, P., Varadharajan, A., Walker, B.


The Queen's library system has excellent gender studies holdings and continues to invest in related areas such as feminist studies, queer studies, trans studies, critical race studies and Indigenous studies, allowing Queen's students and faculty access to online journals covering all facets of the discipline alongside building a substantial holding of books and monographs in the field.

Financial Assistance

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 must apply for scholarships awarded by Queen’s University in addition awards from Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

Program of Study

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master's program will lead to a degree of Master of Arts in Gender Studies. The M.A. in Gender Studies has been designed as a one-year program. Full time students are required to take two core courses ( GNDS-801 and GNDS-802) and four elective courses in fall and winter semesters and to complete a Major Research Paper (GNDS-898) during spring and summer. The Graduate Program also supports limited admission to a two-year stream structured around a Master's thesis (GNDS-899). Students admitted to the two-year stream spend the second year researching, writing and defending the thesis, which must be 75-100 pages and must comply with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University.

Part-time student options can be negotiated with the Graduate Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Program Vision

The M.A. in Gender Studies offers a theoretically rigorous immersion in the most current modes of scholarship and activism in gender studies and cognate fields. Students examine how culture and social life are structured by relations of difference and power (such as gender, race, class, nationality, sexuality, disability, age and religion) and pursue interdisciplinary studies of critical theories, research methods, writing genres and emancipatory struggles, while grounding original research in the knowledges offered by each. Students develop and practice skills in critical thinking, research, writing and speaking while applying interdisciplinary knowledge to local and global questions and struggles.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.
  • Minimum of B+ / 75% 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 the BAH and who demonstrate exceptional and relevant professional experience and achievement in an appropriate field.

Students admitted to the PhD who hold the MA in Gender Studies from Queen’s, and who attained first class standing while taking core courses required in the PhD program, will be granted advanced standing.

Program Requirements

The program is designed to be completed within 48 months and to commence in September. The program requires five courses (15 units) which will consist of four classroom-based seminars taken during the first year and a practicum taken during fall of the second year, during which time students will initiate research for the dissertation.

The required courses are (all are 3.0 credit units):

GNDS-801 Theories in Gender Studies
GNDS-802 Methodologies in Gender Studies
GNDS-903 Applications of Gender Studies
GNDS-950 PhD Practicum (a research placement outside the university and/or a research placement that complements the candidate’s research program and is presented to the Queen’s community). 

Students must also complete GNDS-815 Professional Development Seminar and one elective of 3.0 credit units, to meet the coursework requirements of the degree.

PhD students will create a syllabus and prepare for a research proposal defence during spring/summer of the first year and fall of the second, and have a proposal defence in winter of the second year. The proposal defence serves as the program’s qualifying examination. Students who pass the defence will begin full-time research and writing of the dissertation. Students advanced to candidacy will be enrolled in the dissertation course (GNDS -999) in each term until the dissertation oral defence.