Prospective Students

The WGSI graduate program offers its own M.A. degree, Ph.D. degree, and Collaborative Program. All international and domestic graduate students admitted to the WGSI M.A. and Ph.D. programs are guaranteed funding support.

Our M.A. and Ph.D. degrees also features the option of a practicum that aspires to strengthen students’ ability to interrogate the application of theories and methods to lived practice.


Our overall graduate program is unusual for its focus on transnational feminist studies. Graduate students and faculty investigate how gender and sexuality are informed, lived, and reinvented amidst entwined yet discrepant narratives, geographies, and histories. Graduate work at WGSI encourages an engagement with an interdisciplinary range of theories and methods that grapple with how gender and sexuality is tangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, nation, global capitalism, violence, aesthetics and so on.  Our core faculty brings transnational feminist commitments to the study of diverse sites and their interconnection with particular focus on Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the United States. In doing so, we seek to ask feminist questions as well as put feminism into question.

Areas of focus within our transnational feminist approach include:

  1. Gender, sexuality and queer studies;
  2. Political economy and critical development studies;
  3. Feminist studies of technology, science, environment and biomedicine; and
  4. Feminist cultural studies.


For more information on the admissions process and eligibility.

Application Procedures

The application portal opens in October and the application is due in December.

Collaborative Specializations

Gain interdisciplinary training in a collaborative specialization hosted in our partner departments. WGSI also offers its own program for M.A. and Ph.D. students in other home departments.

Financial Support

Our department offers a comprehensive funding package to successful applicants and sponsors departmental scholarships.


Browse some frequently asked questions—or direct further inquiries to the Graduate Coordinator.