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, electives and research tools.
  • A multi-emphasis on teaching, publications, and leadership in preparation for different academic and non-academic positions.
  • Small classrooms to ensure quality instruction, personalized mentoring and close supervision of research.
  • A strong, supportive staff from both our own and TWU's different academic units.
  • Our graduates emerge from our program equipped with strong communication skills, holistic critical thinking proficiency and transformative teaching and leadership techniques.

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

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

Program Contact

Dr. AnaLouise Keating

Application Deadlines

Fall only – February 15 (priority review), May 1

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have an understanding of the field of Women and Gender Studies and familiarity with feminist and/or womanist theories, as demonstrated through coursework in the field and/or by their personal statement.

  • Students applying directly from the bachelor’s degree should have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for their final 60 hours.
  • Students applying with a master’s degree should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in graduate-level course work.
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the application:
    • 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.
  • Email addresses for two individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can provide letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s past academic performance and future academic potential in the field of MWGS to be requested through and submitted into the application. 

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

Need more information?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for information regarding our application requirements, deadlines and program details.

To learn more please fill out our digital contact form, or contact

Dr. AnaLouise Keating

Page last updated 10:23 AM, September 6, 2023