The Best Gender Studies Graduate School Programs
As mentioned on page one, there is only handful of gender studies graduate school programs available to students at the time of publication. As with many subjects, there are two tiers for graduate studies: a master's degree, which takes two years to complete and often allows you to teach students at the junior college level; and a doctoral degree, which takes six years or more to complete, and allows you to teach at the university level. In gender studies, there are many more MA degree programs than there are PhD programs.
MA Degree in Gender Studies
Brandeis University offers an MA degree in women's and gender studies. Their program can also be undertaken as a joint degree with a JD or PhD program in another discipline. The strengths of the program at Brandeis include the presence of Anita Hill as an advising professor and the fact that the professors in the discipline are also involved in other departments. This provides for a well-rounded experience.
DePaul University also offers an MA degree in women's and genders studies. This school, located in Chicago, Illinois, offers a critical look at gender and intersections of race and sexuality. Current courses include "Anti-Racist Feminism" and "Globalization, Transnationalism, and Gender."
The University of Texas, Austin is another outstanding option for those looking for a gender studies graduate school program. At UT Austin, students put together an annual gender studies conference, and the Women's Rights Initiative is a focus advocated by members of the department. If you're looking for a large department, this might be a good fit for you.
Finally, you may wish to look at University of North Carolina, Greensboro when investigating gender studies programs. In this program, you can focus on gender studies and leadership or gender studies in health in addition to the traditional track. By focusing on applied content, you can find a niche for your expertise post-graduation.