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 PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Program Contact

Dr. AnaLouise Keating

Application Deadlines

Fall admissions only:
For Priority Review, all materials must be received no later than February 1.
For General Review, all materials must be received no later than March 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 PhD 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. 

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. 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 Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, 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

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