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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 05.0207
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies Department (WGS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CMC 342
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kim Golombisky
Phone: 813-974-0986


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies requires the completion of 36 credit hours. The program has three tracks: 1) a research option that requires a thesis, 2) an applied option that requires an internship and subsequent analytic report on the internship experience, and 3) a non-thesis option. This format is designed to serve the needs of a variety of different categories of students desiring a graduate degree in Women's and Gender Studies. The thesis option is recommended for students who intend eventually to pursue a doctoral degree. Either the non-thesis option or the internship option is recommended for students who seek the M.A. as a terminal degree.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Same as general university requirements with the exception those applicants without training in Women's and Gender Studies are admitted on a conditional basis. In addition:

  • GRE scores are required
  • applicants must submit a personal narrative statement of purpose
  • a writing sample (appropriate examples include a term paper or research paper)
  • three letters of recommendation

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies requires the completion of thirty-six credit hours. These hours are divided as follows:







Feminist Research and Methodology
Advanced Feminist Theory
Feminist Scholarship and Pedagogy
Selected Topics in Women's Studies





To be selected from:

  • Courses offered by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, up to six credit hours of which may be 4000-level courses
  • Graduate courses on women and issues surrounding the intersection of gender/class/race/sexuality offered by other departments
  • No more than one other graduate-level course approved by the graduate director
Comprehensive Examinations
Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination. It is expected that a student will successfully complete the comprehensive examination prior to beginning thesis or internship work. Students electing the Non-Thesis option should successfully complete the comprehensive exam in their last semester of coursework.
Track Requirements 6 credit hours
Students should choose their M.A. track at the end of 18 hours of coursework. Six credit hours are required on each track. Track Options include:
    Thesis Track (6 credit hours)
    WST 6971 Thesis: Master's
    Students must enroll in six credit hours of WST 6971 Thesis: Master's. Taken over two semesters, the student will develop a thesis proposal approved by the student's thesis committee and complete a Master's thesis on the approved topic. The completed Thesis must be defended at an oral defense.

    Internship Track (6 credit hours)
    WST 5825 Internship in Women's Studies
    Students must enroll in six credit hours of WST 5825 Internship in Women's Studies. The internship experience, typically over two semesters, should take place in a human service agency or other organization which focuses on women, sexualities, or gender issues. The internship will be approved by the student's internship committee. The student will be required to write a narrative report describing the internship in detail and analyzing the experience in terms of appropriate theoretical frameworks. The completed narrative must be defended as an oral defense.

    Non-Thesis Track Option(6 credit hours)
    In lieu of thesis or internship hours, students must take two additional electives to complete the total 36 hours for the M.A. degree.
Comprehensive Exam Requirements
Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination. It is expected that a student will successfully complete the comprehensive examination prior to beginning thesis or internship work.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

WST6001, WST6560, WST6003, WST6936,