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Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies MA

The goal of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies graduate program is to create new knowledges, concepts and theories as they relate to diverse gendered and sexual identities and experiences, through the study and application of critical feminist theory, masculinities studies, queer and sexualities studies, and cultural and transnational studies.

The program integrates feminist interdisciplinary scholarship and new approaches to academic research and community engagement. Students are provided with research opportunities that cross academic fields, and situate their work in critically informed local, national, and transnational frameworks.

This interdisciplinary program represents a creatively engaged response to present and future needs for leadership in schools, colleges, universities, non-governmental organizations, and the cultural, public and private sectors. Skilled employees and researchers trained in the theories, methodologies and applications of Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies are in increasing demand in local, regional, national and international contexts, both rural and urban.


The program is a two-year, thesis-based M.A. in which fifteen credit units and an advanced research thesis must be completed. The program has an intake every other year, and students choose from three areas of specialization—gender, representation, and cultural studies (WGST 810), queer and sexualities studies (WGST 811), and Indigenous, transnational, and international gender justice (WGST 812). Students are required to complete the course on feminist theories (WGST 800) along with methodologies training germane to their project during their initial year; they are otherwise free to select cognate courses from across the University of Saskatchewan that best suit their unique contribution to this burgeoning interdisciplinary field.


While there are affiliated faculty in many units —the following are the core faculty members for the WGST M.A. program:

Lesley Biggs  Ph.D., Department of History, specialist in sociology and histories of alternative medicine, processes of professionalization, feminist theories, embodiment.
Phone: (306)966-1645

Joan Borsa  Ph.D., Department of Art and Art History, specialist in cultural studies, visual and popular culture, contemporary art, socially engaged practice, feminist theories, and curatorial/museum studies.
Phone: (306)966-1289

Marie Lovrod (Grad Chair) Ph.D., Department of English, specialist in youth trauma and resiliencies, transnational feminisms, autobiography, feminist theories and queer theory.
Phone: (306)966-7538

Mirela David Ph.D., Department of History, specialist in modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on gender and medical politics, especially eugenics and birth control praxis.
Phone: 306-966-8861

Emily Snyder Ph.D., Department of Indigenous Studies, specialist in feminist legal studies, Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous laws, critical pedagogies, social and cultural legal representations.
Phone: 306-966-1925

Admission Qualifications

B.A. or B.A. (Hon.) in WGST or a 4-year (120 cu) undergraduate degree in a related field


Application requirements will include the following:

  • online application for admission, including application fee of $90 Cdn, at:  ;
  • three supportive and informed letters of reference (provided via on-line application; referee will receive an auto-generated email asking to submit reference letter);
  • transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions uploaded on your online application;
  • an undergraduate grade point average of at least 70% or equivalent in the last two years (normally from a B.A. or B.A. [honours] degree in Women's and Gender Studies or in a related field).  Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may be required to take a qualifying year in order to be accepted into the M.A. program, and students who have significant related work experience may provide a statement articulating the relevance of their training if they have only a three-year undergraduate degree, or if their past GPA does not reflect their current capacities for graduate study;
  • a curriculum vitae (or resume) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience to be uploaded on your online application;
  • a short written statement (about 500 words) of interests and goals in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies, including specific information on the research area the student intends to explore, rationale on why this area is of interest, and any discussions that may have taken place with any faculty member prior to application to be uploaded on your online application;
  • a sample of scholarly work in the form of a substantial essay (at least ten pages in length) to be uploaded on your online application;
  • proof of adequate knowledge of oral and written English in the case of students who received their baccalaureate from a university in which English is not the language of instruction. Click here for CGSR’s complete language requirements.


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Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT)




International English language Testing System (IELTS)








Pearson Test of English (PTE)




Students will be admitted to the program only when it has been determined in advance that there is a faculty member available to serve as primary supervisor, with sufficient faculty support to form an Advisory Committee. The WGST Graduate Chair, with the support of the Graduate Administrative Assistant, will respond to all inquiries and advise potential applicants about admission requirements and how to meet them.

The application deadline is February 1, 2017. The Program commences September, 2017. Student intake is every two years.

For inquiries about the application process, funding, and program requirements, please contact Nadine Penner:
Phone: (306)966-5797