MA in Global Gender Studies

GGSs students at the Albright Knox Art Gallery.

A master’s degree in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies prepares students with the theoretical and practical foundations for advanced graduate work and careers in diverse fields, including teaching, government, and community and non-governmental organizations. 

About the MA Program

President Tripathia and Shantese Wilkinson, 2018 Grad Commencement Ceremony.

President Tripathi congratulates MA student Shantese Wilkinson at the 2018 Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

The strength of our master's program lies in our commitment to an interdisciplinary curriculum that bridges multiple fields: literary studies, visual studies, history, sociology, political science and anthropology. Our program’s global dimension attracts students from across the United States as well as internationally.

Degree Requirements

The MA in Global Gender Studies degree is based on graduate coursework and original scholarship in the form of a master’s paper or creative project written under the supervision of at least two faculty. 

A total of 32 credits are required for the MA degree in Global Gender Studies, out of which at least 21 credits must be taken in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Core Requirements

  • One theory course (Readings in Feminist Theory)
  • One methods course (Quantitative Research Methods or Ethnographic Methods)
  • Five additional graduate seminars 
  • Master's thesis or project and an oral defense

MA Thesis or Project
The Master’s Thesis or project is written under the direction of at minimum two faculty members: one serves as the committee chair (major professor) or first reader, the other serves as a committee member or second reader. If the student chooses the thesis option, the thesis should be based on original research and analysis. If the student chooses the project option, the project should be a new creative endeavor. Either has to be cogently defended to the satisfaction of the student’s MA committee.

Thesis/Project Defense
When completed, Master’s Theses/Projects is defended orally by the student at a forum open to the public. For further details, please see the GGSs Graduate Student Handbook.

Meet Our Students

  • 10/7/18
    Deanna Buley's research focuses on abortion access and abortion support systems in highly restrictive locations such as Northern Ireland and parts of the United States. She is particularly interested in how coalitions, notions of sisterhood, and networks of solidarity are built through grassroots organizing for reproductive rights.
  • 9/13/19
    Maria Amir’s work focuses on South Asian queer Sufi practices and postcolonial feminist identities, specifically with regards to contemporary Human Rights and Nationalism discourse in South Asia.
  • 9/13/19
    Carolyn's research interests focus on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and its integration within NATO militaries, to include military strategies for the prevention of sexual violence during conflict.
  • 6/11/18
    Gabriella Nassif focuses on issues of labor, gender and development in the Arab region with a specific focus on Lebanon. She has spent the last two years living between Buffalo, N.Y. and Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 6/11/18
    A former civil servant and representative of Poland to the European Union and the United Nations, Karolina researches gendered organizations, institutional mechanisms of sustaining inequality and public service institutions.
  • 6/12/18
    Xingu Chen joined the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies department as an MA student, then decided to stay for her PhD, focusing on war and fertility patterns, conflict-induced exposomes and women’s reproductive health in Asian countries after WWII.
  • 6/12/18
    Elif Ege is currently writing her dissertation on the Kurdish and Turkish women’s movements in Turkey and their multi-tiered collaborations and negotiations around the international norms and standards of women's rights.
  • 9/18/18
    Jessica Lowell Mason is currently a PhD student in Global Gender Studies. Situated in disABILITY theory, feminist theory, and queer theory, she strives to use the written contributions of maligned, misunderstood, and heretical women (those dubbed 'madwomen' and 'witches') on the subject of consciousness to "talk back" to norm-enforcing modern-day sanist institutional and social practices.
  • 6/11/18
    Hilary is a PhD candidate and her research examines how the judicial system discursively excludes particular people from justice through the management of victimhood narratives.
Student Voices

I got into the PhD program of my dreams after completing my MA, with much gratitude to the professors in the GGSs program who supported me through the application process.

Contact Us

With questions about the MA program, please contact:

1027 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0677

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of Arts and Sciences