Women's and Gender Studies (MA)

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The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) MA curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who strive to build a firm scholarly foundation by which to create social change. The curriculum integrates feminist theory, gender-focused research, and real-world experience. The WGS program offers opportunities to attend special events such as workshops, guest presentations, and social activities. Graduates are prepared to engage in activism, research, instruction, and intervention in their communities and schools.  Joining our program also gives the student an opportunity to work side by side with other students who come from various academic backgrounds and countries.

Students select one of two tracks (both are self-designed to your specific career goals): thesis track or an applied non-thesis track. If pursuing a Ph.D. is your goal, the thesis track is designed for you to create your own unique course of study. If you are interested in an internship and wanting to be prepared to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that focuses on gender and violence prevention or gender and wellness, the applied track is for you.



Program Address

Women's and Gender Studies

225 Sabin Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0509


Staycie Lyman


Phone: (319) 273-7102



Dr. Wendy Hoofnagle

Department Head/Coordinator

Phone: (319) 273-7195

E-mail: wendy.hoofnagle@uni.edu


Program Instruction Type


  • GRE: No


    a. Personal Statement

    b. Writing Sample

    c. Two Letters of Recommendation​

    Note: International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum requirements for acceptance: TOEFL=80 with individual sections no less than 20 and IELTS=6.5 with no individual section below 6.5. View the International Admissions Graduate Page for more information.