Graduate Admissions

Applying to Women’s Studies Joint PhD Programs: Minimum Requirements for Admission

Applying to Certificate Programs

Questions about Admissions

Applying to Women’s Studies Joint PhD Programs: Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • A distinguished undergraduate record.
  • For Women’s Studies and History applicants, evidence that the applicant can satisfy the foreign language requirement in the first two years of the doctoral program. Knowledge of one language other than English is required of students in United States history; for all other students, the requirement is two languages in addition to English.
  • For Women’s Studies and English applicants, evidence that the applicant can satisfy the foreign language requirement in the first two years of the doctoral program. The requirement is one language other than English at an advanced level, or two languages other than English at a basic level. Both must be satisfied by coursework or departmental examination. Basic reading ability is equivalent to successfully completing two years of college-level instruction; an advanced level includes literary competence and is equivalent to three years of college-level instruction.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.

Women’s Studies reviewers look for the following when making their decisions: some Women’s Studies background and experience in interdisciplinary studies; outstanding grades and GRE scores; strong letters of recommendation; and a fit with the program in terms of a possible mentor(s). For other units’ admission requirements and information, please review the appropriate webpage(s):

Applications are submitted to the Women’s Studies Department, but successful applicants are approved by both Women’s Studies and the other relevant unit. In the past, we have typically admitted 2-3 students per year in each of the joint PhD programs.

The application deadline for the English program is December 15th of the year before the start of the academic year for which students are applying (e.g. 2014–2015 applicants should have their applications in by December 15, 2013). The application deadline for both History and Psychology is December 1. Note that these deadlines may vary slightly from year to year for each individual department.

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Applying to Certificate Programs

Admission to the Certificate Programs is granted on a rolling basis, meaning students are encouraged to apply at any time. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program. They must be in good standing with their program and have the consent of their graduate advisor as well as the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies in the Women’s Studies Department. For more information, please click here.

Questions About Admissions

Understanding the application processes, procedures, and specific program requirements for various graduate programs can be quite challenging. The Frequently Asked Questions section has been created to help answer the most common inquiries. It contains general program information, as well as information about admission procedures, the actual application process, funding, and language requirements.