Master of Arts - Gender Studies

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The Master of Gender Studies degree allows students to critically analyse how gender impacts our identities, social interactions, and world at an advanced level. Students will integrate frameworks for thinking about power relations and how those ties are shaped and challenged by intersecting constructs of gender, racism, class, sexuality, age, ability, and nationality into their studies.

Citizenship and human rights; corporeal feminism; reproductive rights; auto/biography and life writing; postcolonial and transnational feminisms; and First Nations studies are among the research interests and expertise of faculty members in the Department of Gender Studies. This interdisciplinary master's programme provides a vibrant atmosphere that draws on the experience of academics from a variety of areas. All MGS students have access to interdisciplinary resources in related fields.

The Master of Gender Studies addresses the need for a more in-depth understanding of women and gender in society, and students may investigate a variety of topics, including but not limited to everyday experiences, social and political institutions, literary and philosophical contributions, and past and present events and issues. Students may also create practical and policy efforts to advance equality and social justice. The master's degree can be obtained through full-time or part-time study, as well as through thesis or non-thesis (project/internship) programmes. Students can benefit from the experience of faculty members from a variety of academic fields and divisions.

Program structure

  • Feminist Theory
  • Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies
  • Graduate Seminar in Gender Studies
  • Feminism as Community
  • Special Topics in Gender Studies


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class honours) in an appropriate area of study; applicants may be required to completed one or more undergraduate course(s).

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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