University of Arizona

Gender and Women's Studies - MA/JD Program

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The M.A./J.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies prepares students to practice law with an understanding of feminist theories, feminist and related social movements, and critical race and ethnic studies, as well as the interconnections of gender, law, public policy, and transnational economic and political processes. Students' understanding of feminist praxis is enriched through internships and other practice-oriented activities supervised by core GWS faculty and GWS affiliates in the Law School. The program enables students to build on these foundations while pursuing their own areas of interest by requiring them to produce an original Master's paper. 

The M.A./J.D. is generally a four-year program, although several students have accumulated enough units to graduate one semester early. A minimum of 21 units of graduate coursework in Gender and Women’s Studies, plus 15 units of approved law coursework are required for the 36-unit M.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies. Students may transfer up to 15 units of GWS courses and seminars toward the J.D. Students attend either Gender and Women’s Studies or The College of Law their first year. The second year is spent in the alternate program. Students would then complete their requirements for both degrees throughout the third and fourth years. Courses taken in Gender and Women’s Studies prior to admission to The College of Law cannot be applied to the J.D.

Dual degree applicants must meet the application deadlines and testing requirements for each program independently. For more information, see the College of Law website and the GWS website. Deadline: December 15

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Darcy Roman-Felix, Academic Program Coordinator
Gender & Women's Studies
University of Arizona
925 N. Tyndall Avenue
P.O. Box 210438
Tucson, AZ 85721-0403
Phone: (520) 621-5657
Fax:(520) 621-1533

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