Women's and Gender Studies (M.S.) - Women, Leadership and Social Change
Why Earn a Master's Degree in women's and gender studies?
The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary graduate program in women's and gender studies (WMST) provides students with a solid academic foundation to pursue their unique goals. As the only applied master's program in women's and gender studies in Maryland and the only master's program in the field in Baltimore, the program emphasizes applied research methods and skills, preparing students for careers in a variety of public and private organizations both national and international, profit and nonprofit.
Apply your Knowledge
As a student, you need not wait until you graduate to put your knowledge, research and skills to use-if you choose to do an internship rather than a thesis, your internship work will involve you in the community. Situated in a prime location, you will have access to abundant research and internship opportunities in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and the surrounding region. The on-campus Institute for Teaching and Research on Women (ITROW), founded in 1990, provides even more opportunities for graduate students to research women's issues and promote public education about women. If you want workplace experience but cannot devote the time for a full internship, you can choose Field Experience, a 3-unit internship.
Design your Degree
After completing the required core course work in theory, diversity, and applied research methods and skills, you will work closely with an adviser to design your degree program. Depending on your research interests and career goals, you can tailor the program to meet your needs, with a choice of three concentration areas: Women Health and Sexuality; Women in an International Context; and Women, Leadership and Social Change.
Women, Leadership and Social Change
Public policy's constantly changing nature provides an opportunity to study the role interest groups, government leaders, the media and others play in framing policy debates that affect women. Here, you'll use a feminist perspective to understand how policy is made and applied, and how changes in societies' values and priorities affect policy. You can focus on a particular policy area and/or look at the area from a comparative perspective.