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The criteria for admission to the master's program in Gender & Women’s Studies are a baccalaureate degree in any field (women’s or gender studies course work is a plus), an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a demonstrated ability to succeed in graduate-level feminist course work and capstone experiences.  In addition, the department seeks graduate assistants who are bright, motivated team members who can demonstrate that they take initiative; are organized; possess strong time management and problem solving skills; and pay attention to detail.  All applications received by the deadline will be considered for both admission and assistantship; those received later will be considered for admission only.  The application process in both cases is identical.

To complete your application to the master's program in Gender & Women’s Studies, you will need to send one set of materials to the graduate college and one set of materials to the department. Literature from the graduate college will be sent separately, and will include information about procedures, application fees, financial aid, and graduate assistantships. Some of our graduate students secure graduate assistantships, which, if full time, pay a stipend of $9,000 a year and include a tuition waiver. (Note that we do not require GRE scores.)

The priority deadline for the next fall admission to the master's program is March 30th. Applications will be considered after that date on a continuing basis. Consideration for funding through the department (if available), will take place in early April.

To apply for the master's degree in Gender & Women’s Studies, you must submit an application to the department. Please use the instructions and forms below. If you have any questions about applying to the M.S. or M.A. program, you may contact our office manager Angie Navejas at or (507) 389-2077.

A complete application file includes the following sent to:

Department of Gender & Women's Studies
Minnesota State University, Mankato
109 Morris Hall
Mankato, MN 56001


  • An essay, approximately two pages long, discussing your intellectual and activist interests in the field of Gender & Women’s Studies, leadership skills that will qualify you for a graduate assistantship, and goals for pursuing the M.A. or M.S. degree in Gender & Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Please read the “Criteria” description above for guidance on preparing your essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from an individual acquainted with your academic ability and potential.
  • Your resume

The following will need to be sent to:

College of Graduate Studies
Minnesota State University, Mankato
115 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN  56001

Further Notes on Funding

Students may wish to apply for assistantships in other offices on campus. For more information about funding opportunities for graduate students, visit the College of Graduate Studies Assistantships page.

All U.S. applicants and returning students are encouraged to file a Federal Application for Student Aid as early  as possible,  Through this process, students who are approved for federal work study may be appointed as graduate assistants in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, with the same benefits and responsibilities as all other graduate assistants.