Ph.D. Overview - Gender Studies

Grad students and faculty head GillisOur gender studies curriculum is designed to give you the interdisciplinary training in theory and methods needed to create original research and scholarship about gender. The degree requires 84 credits, and at the core of the program are four required courses:

  1. Critical concepts of gender.
  2. Mapping the intersections of gender.
  3. Engendering methodology.
  4. Research design and development.

You'll also take two research methods courses relevant to your dissertation and additional courses in the program faculty's foci areas:

  • Health, science and technology
  • Justice and social change
  • Visual and narrative culture
You may take courses across all three foci areas, but generally you will take courses in at least two of the areas.

Our course of study combines core and elective courses offered by Women and Gender Studies faculty as well as courses offered by some 100-plus affiliated faculty from more than 20 departments at ASU.

As you form your graduate committee, you’ll have the opportunity to draw on a rich graduate faculty of 50 professors whose scholarship, teaching, and mentoring interests have earned them a place on the gender studies graduate faculty. 

You'll find many opportunities for funding and professional support   

Each year we aim to admit the number of doctoral students who can be fully funded with graduate fellowships and teaching and research assistantships (typically five or six). These awards cover your tuition, health insurance, and also carry a stipend. Continuation of fellowships and assistantships are contingent upon funding, satisfactory progress toward the degree, and satisfactory performance in research and teaching assistantships.  
As doctoral candidates near the final stages of their program, they can apply for competitive Dissertation Completion Fellowships from the Graduate College, semester-long funding that allows students to focus entirely on the dissertation.
If your ultimate goal is a professorial career, you will be encouraged to participate in ASU’s outstanding Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program after your first year of doctoral study.
In support of off-site research and participation in professional conferences and meetings, ASU’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) offers competitive research grants and travel funding.

Apply by December 15 for fall admission.
Priority will be given to students who complete their applications by the deadline.

How to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy