Online Master of Arts in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Are you interested in deepening your understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion? Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in women, gender and sexuality studies allows you to explore these topics on the backdrop of intersectionality and feminist theory. Upon completing this program, you’ll be prepared to lead social change and improve equity and equality in contemporary society.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 9

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is women and gender studies?

Gender, women and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary field that offers the opportunity to analyze gender in relation to race, class, sexuality, disability, indigeneity and more. When you pursue this master’s in gender studies, you’ll learn how to apply these insights to create gender-sensitive solutions in settings across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

This program emphasizes intersectionality as a framework for assessing access, equity, inclusion and diversity. Intersectionality refers to how aspects of a person’s social location, such as gender, disability and citizenship status, interact to influence their experiences. Understanding this interconnectedness can lead to innovative and inclusive solutions to challenges faced by marginalized communities.

What skills will I learn in a master’s in gender studies?

 

In this program, you’ll gain applied knowledge that you can use to challenge traditional conventions of gender and sexuality across industries, from education and health care to human resources and public policy. You’ll also graduate with skills transferable to any professional setting, such as:

  • Applying the intersectionality framework to increase equity and equality.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  • Communicating with diverse populations.
  • Researching and writing.
  • Thinking critically about challenges to diversity and inclusion.

What makes the master’s in women studies unique?

 

This program is the first fully online master’s in gender, women and sexuality studies. In partnership with Ms. magazine, you’ll have opportunities to meet and learn from nationally- and globally-recognized leaders, activists, scholars and organizations.

Additionally, with connections to Ms. magazine’s vast network, you can pursue a variety of internships and hands-on learning in areas, such as public relations, social media development, civic engagement and public policy analysis. In your practical learning experiences, you may develop a human rights curriculum for international schools, create a magazine or complete other impactful projects.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Women and gender studies master’s courses

Courses in the master’s in gender studies program cover a range of timely topics from seeking reproductive justice to feminism reflected on social media. In addition to completing two core courses and a two-semester applied project, you’ll choose 18 credits of elective courses based on your personal and professional interests. Courses may include:


Core

Foundations of Feminist Thought


Core

Interdisciplinary Gender Research Methodologies


Elective

Writing for the Popular Press


Elective

Reproductive Justice


Elective

Feminism & Social Media


Culminating experience

Applied Project


Careers for master’s graduates

This master’s in gender studies complements an array of career fields, such as public policy, human rights advocacy, politics, public relations and grant writing. Your tangible skills in research and writing combined with an understanding of how intersectionality impacts the human experience will prepare you to step into the jobs of the future. Careers you can pursue include, but aren’t limited to:

Associate director of human rights

Community outreach coordinator

Congressional aide

Diversity and inclusion manager

Health services manager

Media analyst

Project manager

Public health educator

Public relations director

Learn from top faculty in field of women and gender studies

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from top faculty in field of women and gender studies

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Arts in gender, women and sexuality studies program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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