Doctor of Philosophy in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Reanae McNeal, class of 2019
Dr. Reanae McNeal, class of 2019

TWU’s diverse campus and historical mission for women gives students who seek a comprehensive doctoral education in women’s and gender studies a unique opportunity to combine social justice issues with multicultural, transformational scholarship.

Our program aims to shape the field of women’s and gender studies for the 21st century by focusing on:

  • A thorough, yet flexible curriculum of core courses, qualifying examinations on pedagogy and transdisciplinary studies, guided electives and research tools.
  • A dual-emphasis on teaching and publications in preparation for different academic positions.
  • Small classrooms consisting of six new students admitted in alternating years to ensure quality instruction, personalized mentoring and close supervision of research.
  • A strong, supportive staff from both our own and TWU’s different academic departments.

Our graduates emerge from our program equipped with strong communication skills, holistic critical thinking proficiency and transformative teaching and leadership techniques.

To ensure the quality of education for each of our doctoral students, we admit students in alternating years. Our next doctoral cohort begins class in Fall 2020. For more information on application deadlines and requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Program Contact

Dr. AnaLouise Keating

Application Deadlines

Fall – December 9

Students are admitted into the doctoral program in odd numbered years.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed master’s degree.
  • A grade point average of 3.5 or above on prior graduate-level course work.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-Ph.D. in MWGS. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Statement of purpose: a short essay (approximately 1,000 words) discussing the applicant’s personal and professional goals and how TWU’s Ph.D. program in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies can assist the applicant in meeting these goals.
    • A writing sample: an academic paper not to exceed 6,500 words, not including notes and references.
    • Current curriculum vitae or resumé.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the applicant’s past academic performance and future academic potential in the field of MWGS submitted as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in MWGS" in the subject line.

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Multicultural Women’s and Gender 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 may be considered in the provisional decision include the following:

  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination
  • scholarly activities, and/or
  • professional leadership activities.

Need More Information?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for information regarding our application requirements, deadlines and program details. For additional questions, please contact our program director, AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., at or 940-898-2129.

Page last updated 3:55 PM, July 18, 2019