MA Program Application

Application Deadline 

For September 2018 admission, the deadline is January 15th, 2018 for early acceptance. Applications submitted later will be considered if spaces remain.

International Applicants

The Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research welcomes international applicants. In 2018-19, applicants admitted to our graduate program will receive a funding package.

Program Regulations

Intake into the program will be once per annum, in September. Admissions will be recommended by the departmental Graduate Committee. An honours BA in Women's, Gender or Feminist Studies with a minimum average of B+ (78%) for the last two years of study is strongly recommended for admission to the program. Students from other disciplines will be considered if they demonstrate adequate preparation in feminist theory and methodology (at least three full-course equivalents above the first-year level including one seminar at the third-year level or above).

To Apply:

Link to WSFR Graduate Program Application

1. Applications are to be submitted electronically to the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Western (SGPS).

Applicants can contact SGPS for assistance with their application at (519) 850-2341 or e-mail

2. Please ensure that your university transcripts are uploaded and included with your on-line application. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. 

3. Applicants must provide names and contact information of two academic referees. SGPS will contact the referees directly with directions for submitting references electronically.

4. 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

5. MA applicants who intend to do the Independent Research Project (IRP) must submit a Statement of Interest of 300 - 500 words outlining the research topic they wish to pursue. MA applicants who intend to do the course-based degree must submit a short Statement of Interest of no more than 300 words indicating why they wish to undertake graduate work in Women's Studies and Feminist Research.

Applications are not forwarded to the department until the form is submitted by the applicant and the application fee of CAN $115.00 has been paid.

7. All files will be considered by the Graduate Committee and early offers will be made starting in February 2018. Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.

School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Tel: 519-850-2341

Betty Thompson, Administrative & Graduate Coordinator
Lawson Hall 3260A
Phone: 519.661.2111 x84529

Dr. Kim Verwaayen, Graduate Chair, Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
Lawson Hall 3236
Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 84684