Women's Studies Program

Academic Program - Women's Studies


Hands - on Education, Real World Success

If you want to change society, you need knowledge, credentials, and practical skills. The MA in Applied Women's Studies combines first-rate education with a caring, supportive faculty, hands-on experience, and career-enhancing skills.

Applied Women's Studies gives you the opportunity to use knowledge in women's issues as a vital force for change in today's world. At the heart of Applied Women's Studies is an internship requirement. The internship affords unique opportunities far beyond the walls of the classroom.

Greater Los Angeles offers one of the richest cultural mixes in the world, providing a wide variety of possibilities for internships in education, legal advocacy, community organizations, and women's centers, performing arts in the schools, prisons, shelters, and homes for battered women.

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) offers a unique approach to graduate education. You will have a wide range of choices within a specialized course of study. Outstanding professors in Women's Studies teach in many fields - politics, humanities, social sciences, education and management.


YOUR CAREER - Choosing the Right Path for Your Future

The choice of a graduate program is one of the most important decisions you may ever make. The real world focus of the curriculum makes CGU's Women's Studies program a good choice for mid-career women interested in developing additional skills and substantive expertise, as well as for women who have just completed their undergraduate degrees.

Applicants should have a strong record of undergraduate performance and/or real world experience that shows they have the potential to succeed in this degree program. Individuals with a wide range of academic backgrounds-the humanities, social sciences, the arts and professional schools-are encouraged to apply. A commitment to improving the social, economic, and political status of women is a more important admission criterion than a background in a particular academic discipline.

Admissions Applications for fall admission should be received by February 1. Applications received after this date will be evaluated on a space-available basis. For complete information on applying to CGU, please visit the Prospective Students section of this website.

To apply to the Women's Studies Program at Claremont Graduate University, please use the following links:

For more information regarding Applied Women's Studies, contact:

Linda Perkins, Ph.D.
University Associate Professor and
Director, Applied Women's Studies Program


Financial Aid

Institutional financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships. Applications submitted by February 1 have priority for the awarding of aid, although aid may be awarded to late applicants on the basis of available funds.

Federal aid, in the form of loans and work study, is awarded on the basis of financial need. In addition, students may actively seek opportunities for financial support which might be available to them from foundations and other institutions.  For more information on funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities students, click here.

You may, also, contact the Office of Student Financing, Claremont Graduate University, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, by telephone 909.621.8337, by fax: 909.607.7285, or by email: finaid@cgu.edu.

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