GCWS offers interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars to students enrolled in graduate programs at our member institutions.  Our faculty explicitly integrate gender analysis with issues of class, race, culture, ethnicity, and sexualities, and consider the practical implications of feminist theory.  Courses are designed to open paths to the creation of new knowledge and provide intellectual support for students pursuing feminist work within the framework of traditional disciplines.

“I’ve enjoyed being in a class of people with very different perspectives but who all shared an interest in and commitment to feminist research.”
- GCWS student

Our Seminars offer MIT graduate credit to students enrolled at our participating institutions. Cross-registration and credit arrangements vary by institution. Students should consult with the Consortium staff and their academic advisors. Full participation in the seminar is expected of all students, regardless of credit status.


Graduate students at participating institutions are eligible to apply. Doctoral students receive priority; masters students and advanced undergraduates may be admitted if space permits. Auditors will not be admitted unless under the special permission of all faculty for the course. Each Consortium seminar is limited to 20.  Find out about your institution’s cross registration policies here. (link: cross-registration)

Applications and Deadlines

Students must apply online for GCWS courses.  Applications are reviewed by the faculty team of each course and applying students are notified within days of the application deadline. 

2016-2017 Application Deadlines

Fall application deadline: August 22nd, 2016
Spring application deadline: January 4th, 2017

Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis until the seminar is filled. Those not admitted or put on a waiting list will be contacted by email immediately following the decision.  Click here to fill out a course application.

“This class has changed my outlook on not only my personal life, but my academic one as well. I now have a new critical approach to my scholarly ambitions.”
- GCWS student

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Contact Us

The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085