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Applied Gender Studies

MA in Applied Gender Studies

With a focus on interdisciplinarity and hands-on learning, the Master of Arts in Applied Gender Studies (AGS) gives you the opportunity to use knowledge in gender issues as a vital force for change in today’s world.

Situated at the intersection of gender, culture, and history, CGU’s MA in Applied Gender Studies explores today’s pertinent women’s and gender issues through creative, hands-on practice in order to advance modern society. Applied Gender Studies graduates pursue leadership roles shaping policy and creating positive, lasting impact, domestically and globally. Flexibility is built into the program, offering numerous ways to customize a specialized course of study.

At the heart of the Applied Gender Studies program is an internship that allows you to positively impact your community even before graduation, with real-world experience at organizations supporting and empowering women across the globe. The internship takes you out of the classroom and into the world to solve problems in critical settings like schools, community organizations, women’s centers, prisons, and shelters. Our students have partnered with:

  • A New Way of Life, Los Angeles, a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women
  • California Women’s Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Feminist Majority Foundation, Beverly Hills
  • Sheila Kuehl, LA County supervisor, lesbian activist, and former California state senator
  • Human Rights Watch, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Women and Health
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project, New York City
  • United Nations, Women’s Division, New York City)
  • National Council for Research on Women, New York City
  • Amnesty International, Women’s Division, New York City
  • La Casa de Acogida, San Sebastian, Peru
  • Learning Enrichment and Academic Resources Network (LEARN) in Orange County
  • Women Thrive Worldwide, Washington DC
  • The Doula Project, New York City
  • MADRE, New York City
Program Highlights
  • Applied Gender Studies hosts lectures by leading feminist scholars, connecting you with professionals in the field each semester.
  • The program undertakes major internships at the local, national, and international levels to create positive, lasting impact that empowers women and communities.
  • You can also pursue a dual Master’s degree with another discipline, such as Public Health, Psychology, Public Policy, or Education.
  • CGU also offers a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies that you can pursue with any CGU degree program or as a stand-alone certificate if you already have a degree.

Program At-a-glance

  • 36 units

    required units

  • MA in Applied Gender Studies

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 1.5 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

Areas of Concentration

  • American Studies

    The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

  • Early Modern Studies

    The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

  • Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

    A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

  • Media Studies

    Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

  • Museum Studies

    The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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Gigi Audoma

Director of Recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities


Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • Portrait of Linda Perkins

    Linda Perkins

    University Professor
    Director, Applied Gender Studies

    Research Interests

    Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

  • Portrait of Eve Oishi

    Eve Oishi

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies

    Research Interests

    Cultural studies, Media studies, Feminist and queer theory, Asian American studies

Extended Faculty

  • Candida Jaquez

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Latino popular and Mexican traditional music with a specialty in women’s mariachi performance across the complexities of performativity, ethnographic research, race, class, and gender


MA Unit Requirements

  • Required courses (16 units)
  • Concentration (12 units)
  • Electives (8 units)


  • Feminist Theory
  • Applied Feminist Applications
  • Research Methods

Special Program

  • Internship
    At the heart of Applied Gender Studies is an internship requirement. Internships afford you unique opportunities far beyond the walls of the classroom and are tailored to your interests. Often the internships turn into full-time paid positions.

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements English proficiency exam, writing sample

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Program 36 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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