PhD - Educational Studies - Gender & Women's Studies

The Ph.D. in Educational Studies provides an integrative perspective on education by drawing on a range of related disciplines and research orientations. Students develop scholarly and innovative expertise in at least one of three contexts of inquiry and awareness of all three: a) the broad context of culture and society; b) the international, national, and local contexts of educational leadership and policy studies; and c) the more specific contexts of schools and other sites of teaching and learning. Students begin with a set of common core courses and proceed to specialization through advanced coursework and dissertation topics focused on areas of expertise that are supported by the research interests of current faculty members.

The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 9 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.

phd program checklist

Students admitted after 2017 should use the myProgress system for program details.


Research & Thesis Submission

Candidacy Paper Description

Disertation Proposal Description

Thesis Guidelines and Submission

Additional Thesis Submission Information (Graduate Studies)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Role of the Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC)?

Funding Facts for Doctoral Students

Working at McGill

Information on Tuition and Fees



Independent Reading Course Contract

Supervisor / Committee Members Confirmation Form

Change of Supervisor Form

Change of Committee Membership Form

PhD Candidacy Papers Form

PhD Dissertation Proposal Completion Form

PhD Progress Report Form

GREAT Application Form

Forms for Leaves, Program Changes, Withdrawal, Re-instatement, Re-admission etc 

(See under "For students in Graduate Programs")


Orientation PowerPoint Presentation


Contact Info:

michael lariviere – PhD Graduate Program Coordinator
michael.lariviere [at]
514-398-4527 Ext. 09133

Dr Marta Kobiela– PhD Graduate Program Director
marta.kobiela [at]