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PhD Program

Application Deadline for September 2014 Admission: January 15th for early acceptance. Later applications will be considered if spaces remain.

Program regulations
Intake into the program will be once per annum, in September. Admissions will be recommended by the Committee on Graduate Studies. Students must have completed a Master's degree in Women's Studies, Feminist Studies or Gender Studies with a strong feminist theory component, and an average grade of A- (80%) or higher. Students may be admitted with a Master's degree from another field provided that they have an undergraduate Honors degree in Women's Studies and have a background in feminist theory. Although applications will be considered until the program is full, students must apply by January 15th for early acceptance.

To Apply:
  • Applications are to be submitted electronically to the School of Graduate Studies at Western (SGPS). Click the link below to apply:
    Applicants can contact SGPS for assistance with their application at (519) 850-2341 or e-mail

  • Applicants who have transcripts from Ontario universities can arrange to have transcripts provided through the application process. Students from universities outside of Ontario must arrange to have an official set of transcripts (or certified copies) from all universities/colleges previously attended sent to SGPS immediately after submission. Transcripts issued in another language than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. To be considered official, all academic records must be received in envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.

  • Applicants must provide names and contact information for two academic referees. SGPS will contact the referees directly with forms and directions for submitting references electronically.
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, official TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores taken within the past two years are required.
    • TOEFL minimum: 630 (paper), 267 (electronic) or 109 (internet)
    • IELTS minimum: 8.0
    • MELAB minimum: 91 overall, with a minimum of 85 on each of the 3 parts, plus the oral/speaking component

  • All PhD applicants are required to submit a statement of 500-750 words (2-3 pages) detailing their area for a potential dissertation topic. This is a critical document that will facilitate finding a match with a faculty mentor. Acceptance into the program is based on the department's capacity to supervise a student's topic.
    For list of available faculty supervisors click here. Applicants must indicate one or more areas of specialization in which their interests lie: 1. Feminist Theory; 2. Health, Sexuality and Embodiment; 3. Representation and Cultural Production; 4. Equity and Social Structures.

  • In addition to the research statement, Ph.D applicants must provide a sample of their scholarly writing. Please send what you consider to be your best work to Prof Chris Roulston at:
    Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
    Lawson Hall 3255
    Western University
    London ON N6A 5B8

  • Applications are not forwarded to Women's Studies until the form is completed and submitted by the applicant and the application fee of CAN $100.00 has been paid.

  • All files will be considered by the Graduate Committee and early offers will be made starting in February, 2014. If you do not hear from us, it means your file is still under consideration. Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1393 Western Rd,
London, Ontario, Canada, N6G 1G9
Tel: 519-850-2341

Prof. Chris Roulston
Graduate Chair
Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
Lawson Hall 3255
Western University
London ON N6A 5B8
Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 88931
Fax: (519) 661-3491


Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research - Western University
Lawson Hall Room 3260
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B8
Tel: 519.661.3759
Fax: 519.661.3491

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