Women & Gender Studies Institute

M.A. & Ph.D. Eligibility

MA Admission Eligibility

Admission to the Master’s Program is governed by the capacity of the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) to match the possible subject interests of applicants with WGSI’s resources for graduate supervision.

To be eligible for admission to the M.A. Program, applicants must normally have a four-year Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies or a related area. Applicants must have obtained an average grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ (GPA 3.3 – 3.6) or better in their final year of undergraduate study, i.e., the courses that constitute the final quarter of a four-year program. For further details, international applicants should refer to the paragraph at the bottom of this page.

The Institute interprets equivalency very broadly, and considers courses taken in departments other than Women and Gender Studies as potentially appropriate, so long as the course content or the student’s work in the course included substantial study of women and gender.

WGSI advises potential applicants with limited backgrounds in Women and Gender Studies to take additional courses at the undergraduate level before applying to the M.A. Program. Such applicants should consult the Graduate Coordinator concerning their background and course selection.

PhD Admissions Eligibility

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Women and Gender Studies requires that students have attained the appropriate breadth and depth of background in undergraduate and/or master’s studies to undertake coursework and other degree requirements at the Ph.D. level.  The Institute interprets equivalency very broadly, and considers courses taken in departments other than Women and Gender Studies as potentially appropriate, so long as the course content or the student’s work in the course included substantial study of women and gender.

WGSI also requires that faculty members are available in the student’s area of interest, in order to ensure that the student can be rigorously trained in appropriate theories, analytics and methods. Applicants are encouraged to identify Institute faculty with whom they want to conduct Ph.D. research. Students will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the Ph.D. program. The Institute cannot admit students to the Ph.D. program, regardless of their qualifications, unless an advisor is available.  The program is available on a full-time basis only.

Admission to the Ph.D. program is offered under the general and degree regulations of the School of Graduate Studies via one of two routes:

PhD Admission Eligibility from a Master’s Degree

Completion of a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies (or a cognate subject with significant focus on women and gender studies), or its equivalent from a recognized university, with an average grade of at least an A- (CGPA 3.7) in the applicant’s overall program.

PhD Admission Eligibility from a Bachelor’s Degree

In exceptional cases, “direct-entry” admission is also offered to outstanding students with well-defined projects who have completed a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies, or a cognate subject from a recognized university.  Admission as a direct-entry student will require 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in women and gender studies, with a cumulative average of A (CGPA 4.0) and an average of at least A- (GPA 3.7) in the final year of undergraduate study.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS should consult the “International Degree Equivalencies” chart to determine if they meet the minimum admission requirement at the University of Toronto.  Go to http://portal.sgs.utoronto.ca/current/admission/intdegequiv.asp.  Qualifications from a number of world-wide educational systems are listed.  The academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B average if the degree has been awarded from an institution recognized by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.  Note that a mid-B average is the MINIMUM required for graduate study at the University of Toronto.  Individual departments have their own admission requirements, which are normally much higher than the minimum.  As stated above, applicants to the Master’s Program in Women and Gender Studies must have at least a B+ average (GPA 3.3 – 3.6) or better in their final year of study.  Applicants to the PhD Program in Women and Gender Studies must have an A- average (CGPA 3.7).  Direct-entry applicants to the PhD Program in Women and Gender Studies must have an A average (CGPA 4.0) and an A- average (GPA 3.7) in their final year of study.