Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadline

This program accepts students for fall, spring and summer terms. To ensure timely processing, submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. Application deadlines are August 1, January 2, and May 1, respectively.  While we may continue to accept the supporting materials after these dates, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time for the start of classes.


Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university** with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • A 2.75 GPA for conditional admission. (An admission exception policy is in place for eligible candidates, including those whose undergraduate degrees were obtained at least 10 years earlier.)
  • 9 units in Women’s Studies and/or the social sciences.
  • A detailed essay of 4-5 double-spaced pages emphasizing the applicant’s specific plans for focused graduate study within the selected concentration, including discussions of 1) projected career goals 2) prior academic and/or work experiences (volunteer or paid) and 3) how these have prepared her/him to succeed in the intended program of study and accomplish the projected career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a college academician. (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application.)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.