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Deadline for all applicants: December 15
No Spring admission
Ph.D. Program - Application Requirements
Students applying to The University of Arizona's Ph.D. in Gender and Women's Studies degree program should hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent by the date of entry into the program. An undergraduate major or minor in Women's Studies or a strong background in feminist theory within the undergraduate major is strongly recommended. To be competitive for admissions, applicants must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0.
1. Three Letters of Recommendation. The Department requires each applicant to have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. The letters of recommendation should be written by faculty that can speak about your academic and research ability.
2. Admissions Essay. A 750-1000 word statement of purpose that includes a description of a research topic that will likely lead to your dissertation; why you feel the program at the UA is a good "match" for you; and, how your interests intersect with those of faculty here. A strong essay should convey why you wish to pursue a Ph.D. or J.D./M.A. in Gender and Women's Studies, and explain how you have prepared for graduate work. It should assess what you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, specifying the steps you've taken to strengthen your abilities overall. Try to give a sense of what makes you unique as a scholar and a person and consider what diversity you would bring to our program. Describe your career goals.
3. Writing Sample. This may be a term paper, a published article or essay, or a substantive research report. Your sample should demonstrate your ability to write clearly, develop a reasoned argument, and engage in innovative thinking. Please limit your writing sample to 25 pages.
4. Curriculum Vitae. Upload your CV.
Your CV should include:
- Education (degrees you have received or anticipate);
- Academic employment (such as teaching or research positions), whether paid or unpaid;
- Non-academic employment (including internships);
- Honors, prizes, awards, scholarships, and memberships in honor societies and professional organizations.
- Published articles, papers presented at professional meetings, screenings or other public presentations of your creative work;
- Any other activities or accomplishments that you feel are relevant to this application (e.g. extra-curricular activities during college or graduate school or substantial engagement with a non-profit or activist organizations not already listed under employment).
5. Transcript. For our initial evaluation, you are required to submit unofficial transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended. Please upload a scanned or electronic version of your transcript(s), including the “key” from each college or university. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied with certified translations. You may upload all transcripts as one file or you may separate by university or career and upload each set individually. Please be aware that there are only 5 upload areas for accommodate your transcripts and plan accordingly.
If you are recommended for admission to our program and you accept, the Graduate College Admissions Office will then and only then require you to submit official transcripts. If you fail to submit those official transcripts or if the official transcripts reveal negative information not previously disclosed to us, we reserve the right to revoke the recommendation for admission and any funding that may have been offered.
6. Consideration for Research Assistantship and/or Teaching Assistantship. Upload a one-page Statement of Interest to be considered for a Research Assistantship and/or a Teaching Assistantship position. Please describe your qualifications and prior experience and responsibilities
7. Official GRE Scores. To be competitive for admission, applicants must achieve at least two out the three following minimum GRE General Test Scores:
Verbal 153 or 500
Quantitative 144 or 500
Analytic Writing 4.5
8. English Proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 paper based (PB), 100 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6).