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Program in Gender and Women’s Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Our curriculum is shaped by an intellectually and culturally diverse faculty whose areas of expertise complement each other in ways to ensure that students gain a variety of knowledge and skills, including the areas of transnational perspectives, critical theory, social justice frameworks, and interdisciplinary methodologies.

For example, one particular strength of our program is scholarship regarding the body, which engages and influences theories of sexuality and racialization as well as gender. Our faculty also actively work and publish in studies of violence, activisms, masculinities, popular culture, queer theory, science and health. Equipped with strong analytical tools, students will be part of a new generation of scholars who will transform higher education and our world.

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky will admit students who apply to pursue a PhD and demonstrate the scholarly potential to excel in our program (students do not need to have a prior master’s degree and will earn an MA during the course of their PhD studies). This is a full-time residential program with intensive scholarly training designed to prepare students for a variety of careers, including academic research and teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Hist Of Feminist Thought
  • Feminist Theory
  • Topical Seminar Gender and Women's Studies
  • Gender Across The World

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation are required. 
  • Your GRE scores on the Graduate School Online Application.  
  • One official transcript from all universities attended must be submitted to the Graduate School. 
  • A two to three page statement  
  • Submit a full resume or vitae (CV), detailing all academic and work experience, on the Graduate School Online Application.Submit a separate statement if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship. State any special qualifications Submit a writing sample of 15 to 40 pages (double spaced).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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