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Admission to the Graduate School at Texas Woman's University

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program in Women's Studies will be in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School of Texas Woman's University.   

We now admit students in to the doctoral program in alternating years. Our next doctoral cohort will begin coursework in Fall 2016. Applications will be due February 1, 2016. Applications will be available after September 1, 2015.

  1. Online application and application fee of $50 ($75 for international students) 
  2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and previous graduate study
  3. An official TOEFL score, if the applicant earned an undergraduate degree from a foreign college or university outside of the U.S.

The GRE is not required.


Transcripts and TOEFL scores should be submitted to the TWU Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 425649, Denton, TX 76204. 

Admission to the Ph.D. Degree Program in Women's Studies

In addition to the general Graduate School requirements for admission, the following are required for unconditional admission into the Ph.D. degree program in Women's Studies:

  • A completed master's degree
  • A grade point average of 3.5 or above on prior graduate-level course work
  • Two letters of recommendation from referees who can address the applicant's past academic performance and future academic potential
  • A statement of purpose:  a short essay (approximately 1000 words) discussing the applicant's personal and professional goals and how TWU's Ph.D. program in Women's Studies can assist the applicant in meeting these goals
  • A writing sample:  an academic paper not to exceed twenty-five pages, including notes and references
  • A current curriculum vitae or resumé

The letters, statement of purpose, writing sample, and c.v. should be sent to the Department of Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University, P.O. Box 425557, Denton, TX 76204-5557, or may be emailed as attachments to

We encourage applicants to reveiw the NWSA GUIDE TO GRADUATE WORK IN WOMEN'S/GENDER STUDIES before submitting their applications.

Provisional Admission to the Ph.D. Degree Program in Women's Studies

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program in Women's Studies may also be awarded on a provisional basis.  Applicants who do not meet the unconditional criteria for admission, but who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on prior graduate-level course work, may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis.  Additional factors that will be considered in the provisional decision include the following:

  • Verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Scholarly activities
  • Professional leadership

Prerequisite Coursework

Ideally, the previously-earned master's degree should include foundation courses in Women's Studies or other feminist scholarship, with at least one course in each of the following areas:  feminist theories, U.S. women of colors, feminist pedagogies, and feminist epistemologies.  If comparable courses have not been part of the prerequisite master's degree program, they may be completed as part of the doctoral degree in Women's Studies.

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