Women's & Gender Studies

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

When you pursue a graduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Texas, you will critically examine gender-related stereotypes, especially the ways in which identities intersect with class, ethnicity, nationality, race and sexuality.

Graduates of the interdisciplinary degree program, administered by UNT’s Women’s and Gender Studies program, will be prepared for careers in non-governmental and non-profit organizations, in both domestic and international contexts. Our alumni hold positions with:

  • The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
  • The Texas Equal Access Fund
  • UNICEF Dallas

You will take courses offered through the Women’s and Gender Studies program and through other departments, and interact with more than 40 members of the Women’s and Gender Studies affiliated faculty. The faculty members’ scholarship supports and sustains campus-wide discussions in areas such as feminist activism, feminist approaches, global contexts, women’s social movements and explorations of how class, gender, race and other social constructs shape people’s experiences. You will expand your understanding of cultural diversity, gender differences and social changes while strengthening your communication and critical thinking skills.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School®, which are outlined at the graduate school website, as well as specific program requirements. Only complete applications will be considered.

Program admission requirements:

  • Application letter/statement of purpose
  • Current vita or resume
  • Two signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities
  • Scholarly writing sample from an upper-level undergraduate course, an honors thesis or other piece demonstrating writing ability

Please see the Graduate section of our website for more detailed information.

Degree requirements

You must complete at least 30 hours of graduate course work as part of an approved master’s degree plan. All students are required to complete WGST 5100 (Feminist Theory), WGST 5400 (Gender & Human Trafficking) and WGST 5800 (Gender & Globalization) as part of their master’s program at UNT. In addition to these 9 hours of required coursework, you will select additional courses approved for WGST credit.

You must also fulfill one of three “exit options,” chosen in consultation with your major professor.

Thesis Track Option:
If you wish to complete a thesis, you will work in close consultation with your major professor and selected committee members on a substantial research project during your final two long semesters of enrollment.

  • 30 hours: 24 hours of course work, 6 hours of WGST 5950 (Thesis), and an oral thesis defense. A research methods course is also highly recommended

Non-Thesis Track Options:
Internship/Fieldwork Option: Serving in an internship offers valuable hands-on experiences that enable you to glean an insider’s perspective of a non-profit organization. You must complete at least 12 hours of graduate WGST course work before enrolling in an internship and must work in close consultation with your major professor.

  • 30 hours: 27 hours of course work, 3 hours of WGST 5850 (Internship), and written and oral comprehensive examinations (taken during your last long semester of enrollment)

Special Project Option: This option will allow you to focus on a semester-long research or creative project opportunity, suitable for publication or professional review. You must complete at least 12 hours of graduate WGST course work before enrolling in this special problems course and must work in close consultation with your major professor.

  • 30 hours: 27 hours of course work, 3 hours of WGST 5900 (Special Problems), and written and oral comprehensive examinations (taken during your last long semester of enrollment)

Financial assistance

The program offers funding opportunities through graduate fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and scholarships. The graduate committee recommends nominees based on first-year status and academic achievements. More information about financial assistance programs is available at our website, the graduate school website and the financial aid website.