General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Feminist and Gender Studies

This new MA program will equip you with in-depth knowledge of some of society’s pressing challenges: transnational feminism, queer and antiracist theories, masculinities, and (dis)ability and trans studies. You will acquire theoretical knowledge to complete intersectional analyses and practical methodologies, to apply your recommendations to the work environment and transform it. Program graduates have moved on to work in fields such as policy, community development, employment equity, and health and education.

Exchange ideas with and learn from professors who have developed expertise in more than one discipline and can give you access to resources in different departments. You’ll develop the ability to think critically about interdisciplinary knowledge and tackle challenges in many disciplines, opening the door to a larger pool of opportunities after your degree.  

The Feminist and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association and BIPOC caucus create a culture of community at the institute: diversity and collaborative activism are encouraged and valued. You can take part in our Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture, a renowned international event for leading scholars in gender studies, and our Feminist Cafés, where experts present and discuss their research with students.

  • MA with Thesis (24 months)
  • MA with Research Paper (12 months)
  • MA with Coursework (12 months)

Suggested Program Sequence

Britt Neron
Student voices

“My time at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies equipped me with the analytical and critical thinking skills that have made my career in sexual health promotion possible.”

Britt Neron, Health promotion officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

— MA in Feminist and Gender Studies (’15)

The Collaborative Program in Feminist and Gender's Studies at the Master's level is designed for students from selected disciplines in the Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences Faculties and Counselling and Spirituality (Saint Paul University) who have an interest in Women's Studies.

Students must successfully complete the two compulsory FEM courses (FEM 5103-Feminist Methodologies and FEM 5300-Feminist Theories), a major research paper proposal or a thesis proposal, and a thesis or major research paper on a topic relevant to feminist studies. The IFGS-GSC strongly encourages students to seek a potential supervisor who is knowledgeable in feminist approaches. You will find the list of potential supervisors and links to their personal webpage on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy in Feminist and Gender Studies

Year September-December January-April May-August

FEM 5300

One optional FEM course among: FEM 6101, FEM 6102, FEM 6104, FEM 6105, FEM 6106, FEM 6107, FEM 6100, FEM 6900

FEM 5103
FEM 8501
FEM 9998 Comprehensive Examination *
2 FEM 9998 Comprehensive Examination FEM 9998 Comprehensive Examination FEM 9997 Thesis Proposal
3 FEM 9997 Thesis Proposal + Defense THD 9999 PhD Thesis THD 9999 PhD Thesis
4 THD 9999 PhD Thesis THD 9999 PhD Thesis THD 9999 PhD Thesis + Defense

*All graduate seminars must be successfully complete before writing the Comprehensive Examination.

Contact us

Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 11002
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5791

[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Associate Director and Graduate Studies Coordinator

Corrie Scott
Social Sciences Building
Room 11037
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 2670
[email protected]