Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies

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GWS Requirements | Approved Graduate Programs

The Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) provides graduate students obtaining degrees in a variety of participating departments and faculties with a cross-disciplinary specialization in feminist, women's, and gender studies.

This Option is open to graduate students at McGill University enrolled in a program that has approved the Option. Prospective students interested in the Graduate Option should consult the admissions pages of the coordinating department for information on dates for guaranteed consideration, tuition and fees, and application materials. During the application process, prospective students will be allowed to specify their interest in the Graduate Option through uApply. There are no prerequisites to enter into the Option. However, previous coursework in gender and women's studies provides an ideal foundation for more in-depth study of and research in feminist scholarship.

Student supervision in the Option is undertaken by one's departmental supervisor who oversees student work, including choice of thesis, dissertation, or project topic. A student's PhD dissertation, MA thesis, or MA research project must be on a topic that significantly engages with issues of gender and/or women and/or feminism. Students in the Graduate Option may approach the Women's Studies Advisory Committee (WSAC) to help identify potential faculty supervision within the coordinating department. In addition, the Supervision: Graduate and Postdoctoral Support page offers research- and evidence-based advice to graduate students and their supervisors on how to work together effectively and avoid common problems in supervision.

Students who pursue the option obtain a graduate degree in a chosen field offered by the coordinating department. Upon completion of all degree requirements in the coordinating department, as well as the courses listed below, the Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) will appear on the student's transcript along with the designated graduate degree (MA or PhD).

The Option was developed by the Women's Studies Program in response to needs expressed by the Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS) and to the range of inquiries the Women's Studies Program regularly receives from prospective students interested in graduate-level work with a feminist focus at McGill University.

Graduate Option Course Requirements

M.A. (6 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

  • WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods

Complementary Course (3 credits)

  • WMST 602 Feminist Research Symposium

*Please note that students are not required to complete WMST 601 or WMST 602 in the first year of their graduate program and may benefit from delaying enrollment in WMST 602 until their second year of studies.

Ph.D. (9 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods
  • WMST 602 Feminist Research Symposium

Complementary Course (3 credits)

*Please note that students are not required to complete WMST 601 or WMST 602 in the first year of their graduate program and may benefit from delaying enrollment in WMST 602 until their second year of studies.

Approved Graduate Programs

Click here to see a list of the coordinating departments which offer the Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS)

Faculty of Arts

Anthropology, M.A. (Thesis)
Art History, M.A. (non-Thesis); Ph.D.
Communication Studies, M.A.; Ph.D.
French Language and Literature, M.A. (Thesis); Ph.D.
Geography, M.A. (Thesis), PhD.
History, M.A. (Thesis, non-thesis)
Islamic Studies, M.A.; Ph.D.
Philosophy, Ph.D.
Political Science, M.A. (non-thesis); Ph.D.
Sociology, M.A. (Thesis, non-thesis); Ph.D.

School of Social Work
Social Work, MSW (Thesis, non-thesis)

Faculty of Education

Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Second Language Education, M.A. (Thesis)
Education and Society, M.A. (Thesis, non-thesis Project)
Educational Leadership, M.A. (Thesis, non-thesis Project)
Educational Studies, Ph.D.

Schulich School of Music

Department of Music Research
Musicology, M.A. (Thesis)
Theory, M.A. (Thesis)
Music, Ph.D. (Thesis)

Faculty of Religious Studies

Religious Studies, M.A. (Thesis), Ph.D.

McGill ecalendar general reference to graduate programs


NOTE: IGSF has put together a number of useful resources for graduate students enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies option. Take a look at the Academic Resources page for more information about other graduate programs and a list of journals in gender, sexuality and feminist studies, which may be useful for research as well as a guide to potential sites for academic publication.


IGSF Job Posting

Assistant Professor in Feminism, Gender and/or Sexuality

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada invites applications for a joint-appointed, tenure track assistant professor position in Feminist, Gender and/or Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Social Justice. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointed position in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies as well as either the Department of Sociology or the Department of Political Science, according to their profile. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding research potential and publication records, a record of graduate training in the disciplines of Sociology or Political Science and Women’s/Gender Studies, substantial and relevant teaching experience or potential, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and the support of diverse intellectual communities. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear this out.

The hiring committee welcomes applications from qualified candidates working in critical approaches to intersectionality and social justice. We particularly welcome candidates whose work addresses any of the following areas: indigenous studies, postcolonial studies, race and/or ethnicity, disability, trans* studies, sexuality and queer research, social inequalities or social movements.

In addition to developing courses in their areas of expertise, the successful candidate will teach a variety of core courses in IGSF’s teaching program including introductory courses such as GSFS 200 Feminist and Social Justice Studies or GSFS 250 Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies, and in the sociology or political science departments at both the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and contribute to the intellectual life of the university.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. The appointment begins 1 August 2017. Inquiries about this position can be sent to IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca to the attention of Alanna Thain, Director, IGSF, McGill University

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness (for example: summaries of teaching evaluations, sample course syllabi, courses as instructor or teaching assistant, etc.; three pages max) and a writing sample (20-30 pages). The committee will begin reviewing applications on 10 December, 2016; applications received after that date may not receive full consideration. All materials, including referees’ letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to

Knowledge of French would be an asset for this position.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Professeur adjoint dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités

L’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme de l’Université McGill à Montréal, Canada, sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeur adjoint menant à la permanence dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités mettant l'accent sur la justice sociale. Le candidat retenu occupera un poste conjoint entre l’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme et, soit le Département de sociologie, soit le Département de science politique, selon son profil. Les candidats doivent posséder un potentiel exceptionnel pour la recherche, un excellent dossier de publication, une formation aux cycles supérieurs dans les disciplines de la sociologie ou de la science politique et des études féministes et des genres, une expérience significative et pertinente (ou un potentiel) en enseignement, et faire preuve d’un solide engagement envers la recherche interdisciplinaire et le soutien des diverses communautés intellectuelles. Nous recherchons des candidats qui valorisent la diversité et dont les travaux de recherche, l’enseignement et les services en témoignent.

Le comité de sélection accueillera favorablement les candidatures de personnes qualifiées œuvrant dans le domaine des approches critiques de l’intersectionalité et la justice sociale. Nous invitons particulièrement les candidats dont les travaux portent sur l’un des domaines suivants : études autochtones, études postcoloniales, études de la race et/ou de l’origine ethnique, incapacités/handicaps, études trans*, recherches sur la sexualité et la théorie queer, inégalités ou mouvements sociaux.

En plus d’élaborer des cours dans ses domaines de spécialisation, le candidat retenu devra enseigner un éventail de cours de premier cycle dans le programme de l’IGSF, tels les cours d’introduction GSFS 200 ‘Feminist and Social Justice Studies’ ou GSFS 250 ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies’, et des cours au premier cycle et aux cycles supérieurs dans les départements de sociologie ou de science politique; encadrer les étudiants et contribuer à la vie intellectuelle de l'université.

Le candidat retenu devra être titulaire d’un doctorat au moment de sa nomination. La date prévue d’entrée en fonction est le 1er août 2017. Les demandes de renseignements au sujet de ce poste doivent être envoyées à l’adresse suivante IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca à l'attention de Alanna Thain, Directrice, IGSF, Université McGill.

Les dossiers de candidature doivent comprendre une lettre de présentation, un curriculum vitae, trois lettres de recommandation, des documents attestant l’expérience et les compétences dans le domaine de l’enseignement (par exemple, évaluations de l’enseignement, syllabus, cours offerts comme instructeur ou assistant d’enseignement ; trois pages maximum) ainsi qu’un échantillon de leurs publications (de 20 à 30 pages). Le comité commencera l’étude des candidatures le 10 décembre 2016 ; les candidatures reçues après cette date pourraient ne pas être prises en considération. Ces documents, y compris les lettres de recommandation, doivent être soumis électroniquement à l’adresse suivante :

La connaissance du français constitue un atout.

L’Université McGill souscrit à la diversité et à l’équité en matière d’emploi. Elle accueille favorablement les demandes d’emploi : des femmes, des peuples autochtones, des minorités ethniques, des personnes handicapées, des personnes de toutes orientations et identités sexuelles, des minorités visibles, et d’autres personnes qui pourraient contribuer à une plus grande diversité. Tous les candidats qualifiés sont invités à postuler. Toutefois, conformément aux exigences de l’immigration canadienne, la priorité sera accordée aux Canadiens ainsi qu’aux résidents permanents.

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