Women & Gender Studies Institute

Admissions

Admission to the Master’s Program is governed by the capacity of the Women & 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+ or better in their final year of undergraduate study; i.e., the courses that constitute the final quarter of a four-year program.

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.

Eligibility

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, with courses broadly equivalent in number and distribution to the University of Toronto’s Major program in Women and Gender Studies. Applicants must have obtained an average grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in their final year of undergraduate study, i.e., the courses that constitute the final quarter of a four-year program.

Toronto’s B.A. Major Program in Women and Gender Studies includes the equivalent of seven (7) full-year courses distributed broadly as follows:

  • 1Y – Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • 2Y – Feminist Theory
  • 3Y & 4Y – 3 full-year core courses in Women and Gender Studies, plus 2 additional full-year courses in cognate disciplines

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.

Students without sufficient breadth or quantity of coursework in Women and Gender Studies will be asked to take additional work before their admission.