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About Women's and Gender Studies, MA - at University of Alberta

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies offers a program in Gender and Social Justice Studies (GSJ) leading to the degree of Master of Arts. The Department of Women's and Gender Studies is a well-established, interdisciplinary unit housed in the Faculty of Arts. It draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist and gender studies scholars in one of Canada's top research universities. Core faculty conduct research in the areas of feminist legal studies, gendered violence, gender and development, gender and immigration, sexuality and queer studies, feminist theory, feminist visual culture, feminist cultural studies, feminist philosophy, feminist history, religious studies and trauma and cultural memory studies.

The course-based Master of Arts in Gender and Social Justice is offered by itself or in conjunction with a specialization within the Digital Humanities Program.

Detailed graduate program information is available on the Department's homepage at

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Notes about fees for this course

Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships (normally teaching assistantships or research assistantships) for full-time MA students may be available.

Scholarships and bursaries may also be available, and some supervisors may support students from operating funds.

Entry requirements

Normally, the Department's minimum admission requirements are a BA in Women's Studies or a related discipline with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4- point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last *60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

Where applicable, a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) or equivalent is required (see English Language Requirement).

Applicants are also required to submit a CV, statement of research interest, a writing sample, and to arrange for three letters of reference.

Potential applicants, including non-traditional students, are encouraged to contact the Graduate Coordinator of the department at to discuss their qualifications.

Applicants considering a specialization in Digital Humanities must meet both the minimum entrance requirements for the MA program in Gender and Social Justice and for the Digital Humanities (DH) Program. Applications are first reviewed by the Graduate Committee in Gender and Social Justice, and, if successful at that stage, are forwarded to DH for its review process.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers a wide ranges of scholarships to international students. You will be evaluated for these scholarships when you apply for admission. Your eligibility will be based on your high school admission average at the time of your admission offer. We'll assess you for a match to the following three schoolarship. If you are eligible for an admission-based scholarship we will contact you directly!

  • International Admissions Scholarship-up to $5,000
  • Regional Excellence Scholarship- up to $5,000
  • Gold Standard Scholarship- up to $6,000

You can also apply for our prestigious application based scholarships. Each year we award twenty five, $120K President's International Distinction scholarships. 

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