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Women's Studies

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The program offers a grounding in feminist theory as well as empirical knowledge about women in the United States and around the world. The master’s degree program was established at GW in 1972, and was the first of its kind in the United States. Faculty members come from various disciplines, mostly within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Our program offers an M.A., a J.D-M.A. or an LL.M.-M.A. in women’s studies or in public policy with a concentration in women’s studies. A graduate certificate in women’s studies is also offered.

Coursework in women's studies may be applied to GW’s Ph.D. program in public policy and public administration.



Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1 (January 5 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)

Standardized test scores: 

GRE general test required for M.A. applicants (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required:

One (1) recommendation for admission; Two (2) for those applying for assistantships/fellowships.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday