Gender Studies

Why Gender Studies @ Memorial?

The Master of Gender Studies degree allows students to critically examine – at an advanced level – how gender shapes our identities, our social interactions and our world. Students will incorporate into their study frameworks for thinking about power relations and the ways those relations are shaped and challenged by intersecting constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability and nationality.

We offer three degree completion options: thesis, project, internship. Memorial University is the only university in Canada to offer degree completion by internship.

We also offer a graduate diploma program, which offers an opportunity to study gender studies at an advanced level, without committing to a thesis, project, or internship. The graduate diploma is not a degree.

Faculty members in the Department of Gender Studies bring research expertise and interests in a range of fields, including: citizenship and human rights; corporeal feminism; reproductive rights; auto/biography and life writing; postcolonial and transnational feminisms; and First Nations studies. This interdisciplinary master’s program offers a thriving environment that draws on the expertise of scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines. Interdisciplinary resources in cognate areas are available to all MGS students.

Description of program

  • Graduate diploma - Disciplinary graduate diplomas provide an opportunity to acquire additional academic credentials at the graduate level without committing to a full master’s program. These programs allow students to expand on their knowledge of a particular discipline and may also be used for professional development within their careers.

  • MGS – The Master of Gender Studies addresses the need for a deeper understanding of women and gender in society, and students may explore a range 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 develop practical and policy initiatives that promote equality and social justice. The master's degree can be completed by full- or part-time study and by thesis or non-thesis (project/internship) programs. Students may draw on the expertise of faculty members hailing from a range of academic disciplines and divisions.

Minimum admission requirements

  • Graduate diploma, MGS – 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), including Gender Studies 4000

Potential career options and outcomes

Law, midwifery, union work (communication, organization), community project coordinator, media and design specialist, university lecturer

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Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma, MGS


course, project, thesis, internship

Duration (Full-time students):

Graduate diploma: 1 year
MGS: 2 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 15 for Fall admission


MGS: $8,000

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Tuition (NL students):

Graduate diploma: $420/semester
MGS: $635-$953/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

Graduate diploma: $546/semester
MGS: $826-$1,239/semester

Tuition (International students):

Graduate diploma: $710/semester
MGS: $1,074-$1,611/semester

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