FAQs

If I am an undergraduate or graduate student with questions, who do I ask?

If your question is not answered below, you should visit the Advising page or directly email the claire.michela [at] mcgill.ca (IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator) to set up an appointment.

Undergraduate FAQs

Where should I look if I have questions about program requirements and which complementary courses have been officially approved for the IGSF programs?

The McGill e-calendar has a full description of the undergraduate programs administered by IGSF. In addition to the e-calendar links for the Women's Studies undergraduate program and the Sexual Diversity Studies undergraduate program, you can find information about program and course requirements on the corresponding IGSF webpages linked below.

On the WMST page, you will find links in the left sidebar to information about the major, the minor, and the (joint) honours programs, in addition to a full listing of the required and complementary courses for students who pursue those programs. On the course pages, you can click on the course title to display information directly from the McGill e-calendar. Additionally, on the Women's Studies courses page, you can click on "Course Description" for information about where the course will be held and a short description of the material to be covered.

On the SDST page, you will find links in the left sidebar to information about the minor and the required and complementary courses for students who enroll in the program. On the course pages, you can click on the course title to display information directly from the McGill e-calendar. Additionally, you can click on "Course Description" for information about where the course will be held and a short description of the material to be covered.

What are the grade requirements of the Women's Studies/Sexual Diversity Studies program?

In accordance with the Faculty of Arts grading policy, a required course for a program must be passed with a grade of C or better. If a student gets a D in a required course, the course must be repeated. If a student gets a D in a complementary course, the student will have to obtain credit from another course.

How can I take an internship course, either SDST 499 or WMST 494??

The internship courses administered by IGSF involve a minimum of 150 hours of internship work completed over the course of one or two terms, or the summer, followed by the completion of a 20-page academic paper based on the internship. Students complete the internship first and then register for the course the following semester; however, internships must be pre-approved for credit and may not be approved retroactively. Internships taken for credit towards the WMST and SDST degree programs must focus on some aspect of gender and/or sexuality and/or feminism.
In addition to the information outlined on the IGSF Internship page, students interested in an internship related to the WMST or SDST programs should view the Arts Internship Office website for more information on requirements, deadlines, and the application process.

What if I want to transfer credits?

CREPUQ (courses taken at another Quebec university) and IUT (inter-university transfer):

  • To begin, go to http://www.mcgill.ca/students/iut/
  • For credit towards your Sexual Diversity Studies and/or Women's Studies program, you must consult with an adviser from the Faculty of Arts OASIS office prior to study at a host university/institution. You must send a course outline and/or syllabi for review and approval purposes to the IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator in addition to filling out the Transfer Course Approval form on Minerva.

For more information on study abroad opportunities and how to transfer credits, visit the Studying Away from McGill information page.

General Inquiry

What If I need an extension in a WMST or SDST course?

  • If you are unable to complete the requirements for a SDST or WMST course, tell your professor about your situation. Your professor will want to understand your situation and may ask for supporting documentation; s/he may agree to an extension.
  • If agreed upon, you will receive a "K" grade.
  • You and your professor must complete a "K Form", found in the right sidebar of the Women's Studies page, and submit it to the IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator.
  • The course requirements must be completed within an agreed upon deadline and up to a maximum of 4 months after the original course end date (1 academic term).
  • If the work is not submitted and the grade is not changed prior to the 4 months, the "K" is automatically changed to a "KF" or failure; the "F" remains on your transcript.
  • Under extenuating circumstances and accompanied by a medical certificate, you may request an additional extension from your professor.
  • Once you have completed all coursework and submitted it to your professor for grading, your professor will submit your grade to the IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator who will then submit the final grade to the Faculty for official change on your transcript.

How do I apply for prizes and awards?

IGSF offers awards and prizes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please see Awards and Funding for detailed information and corresponding deadlines.

Graduate FAQs

How do I apply to a graduate program?

The graduate admissions process at McGill is open to Quebec and Canadian students, as well as international students and those who are pursuing a postdoctoral degree. The process is outlined on the Future Graduate Students website, which includes information on funding, research opportunities, and a detailed page about preparing and submitting your graduate studies application.
As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

What is the Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies?

The Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies administered by IGSF functions as a concentration (much like a minor at the undergraduate level) added to an MA or PhD program offered by one of the coordinating departments listed on the Graduate Option information page. You should follow the application instructions and program requirements outlined by the department which matches your interest. Their sites will have information regarding deadlines, application materials, and applicable tuition and fees. Once you’ve begun the application process, you will have an opportunity to indicate your interest in the Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies.
Once enrolled, you will need to complete all of the program requirements for your MA or PhD degree as well as the 6-9 credits required for the completion of the Graduate Option. Your thesis or project will also need to be centrally focused on gender and/or women and/or feminism and/or sexuality. While there are no prerequisites for registration in the Option, it is not a standalone program and we do not accept applications or process admissions.
As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

When should I declare the Option? How long does it take to complete?

If you do not declare the Option at the onset of the degree, you are encouraged to do so early in your studies. You must declare the Option before you apply to graduate. You will need a minimum of two terms of study in order to complete the requirements of the Option.

Does my graduate research have to be in the field of Women's and Gender Studies?

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program and as such students come to the program with many different backgrounds and requirements stipulated by their home departments. When enrolled in the two core courses (WMST 601 and WMST 602) students will have the opportunity to thoroughly situate their own research within the disciplinary context of gender studies and feminist theory. It is expected that students in the Graduate Option will produce work in WMST 601 and 602 which demonstrates engagement with women's and gender studies directly in the context of the student's discipline or specific area of study as demonstrated in their Ph.D. dissertation, MA thesis or MA research paper. Such engagement within the core courses is a necessary condition of enrollment in the Option.

Can I get retroactive credits if I take WMST 601 when my department is still going through the approval process?

Yes, if the course is not used toward the requirements of another degree or program, it could be credited upon recommendation of your department.

If I am a student from another university, may I register for WMST 601?

Yes, if you receive permission from your own registrar’s office. If you are a student at another Quebec university, you will need to fill out the "Authorization to Transfer Credits" on CREPUQ (see 'What if I want to transfer credits?' above).

What is the process to have the Graduate Option officially listed in my university record?

You write a memo to your department’s Graduate Program Director (GPD) declaring that you plan to or have completed the requirements for the Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies. Your GPD then forwards his or her recommendation to the Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies Student Affairs Coordinator who, in turn, will forward your declaration and your GPD’s approval to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO).