Women's and Gender Studies Online Degree Program


UMass Dartmouth's Women's and Gender Studies Degree Program offers a fully online degree completion program to students who wish to enter into the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Students who complete the program receive a Women's and Gender Studies Degree Completion Program.

Why Women's Studies?

  1. Women's and Gender Studies explores women's experiences by placing women at the center of inquiry as subjects rather than objects. It also examines women's lives, voices, histories, roles, and ideas in an effort to understand how women-of various classes, races, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, and ages-have been constructed, identified, oppressed, acclaimed, and developed.
  2. Women's and Gender Studies argues that women's experiences are important if we are to understand human society and to make changes cross-culturally. Gender alone does not yield a full understanding of women's lives, so Women's Studies courses examine other factors, such as race, class, culture, and sexuality.
  3. Women's and Gender Studies Prepares You for the Future.
  4. Women's and Gender Studies prepares students to live and work in an increasingly diverse culture. The program helps students to:
    • Understand the role of diversity within the nation and the world, especially pertaining to the ways in which gender is linked to race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, etc.
    • Develop lifelong learning skills as they learn to self-reflect on both their place and their responsibilities within their local community
    • Develop self-confidence, critical thought processes, and communication skills that contribute to academic achievement and successful post-university careers
  5. This degree enables students to pursue a variety of occupations in fields such as the arts, business, education, health care, media, politics, law, social services, and psychology.

Learn more about this program:

To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.

Click here for more information on the Women's and Gender Studies Degree Completion Program.

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, NEW MEXICO, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at http://nc-sara.org/. If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.


Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $996
College Fee $51
Library Access Fee $18
Technology Fee per course $150
Registration Fee (per semester)  $30
Total for a three credit course* $1245

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree Reviews.com)
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Admission & Degree Requirements

Eligible students for the Women's and Gender Studies Degree Completion Program must hold 24 earned credits to apply.

As this is a degree completion program, students with 24 credits may be accepted through the UMass Dartmouth transfer credit policy.

Up to 75 credits may be transfered into the program.

Students must follow the complete admissions guidelines outlined through Professional and Continuing Education:

A $30.00 application fee is needed at the time of processing. You will not be able to submit your application without credit card payment of the non-refundable application fee at the time of submission. We currently accept Visa and MasterCard. The process should take approximately 10 minutes.

Plan of Study: 

Program Highlights

  • Students receive an advisor from the time they start their studies until graduation
  • UMass Dartmouth Women's and Gender Studies faculty teach all courses, and can be reached by email, phone or in person
  • Students can complete the degree completion program within two years
  • Students can also work with a UMass Dartmouth Women's and Gender Studies advisor to help earn their B.A. degree at their own pace

Program Requirements

This major is composed of 36 credits, with 21 required credits at the upper level, that are completed in the following way:

  • WMS 101: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WMS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory 
  • WMS 312: Feminist Research Methods 
  • Course in Feminist Theory (WMS 302: Global Feminism; WMS 305: Contemporary Feminist Theory; WMS 306: Third Wave Feminism; WMS 307: Ecofeminism) 
  • WMS 499: Capstone Seminar
  • One course in each of the following concentration areas: 1) Gender Studies, 2) Politics, 3) Justice and Policy, 3) Cross-Cultural Inquiry, and 4) Arts and Letters
  • Two additional courses in one of the four concentration areas 
  • One elective course in any of the concentrations or in feminist theory

Graduation Requirements

In addition, students will need to meet the overall College of Arts and Sciences and university degree requirements as follows:

  • A total of 120 credits is required for the BA
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses is required
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses used to satisfy the Women's Studies Major requirements is required
  • 60 credits completed at UMass Dartmouth (45 if transferring from another 4-year institution)
  • 30 credits in 300+ level courses take at or under supervision of UMass Dartmouth

Additional online courses are available each semester to build your course load. Working with your WMS faculty advisor, you will receive your degree progress each semester to ensure degree completion in two years.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status.  Please check with your advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid.

Students who are admitted to the program should review our Financial Aid Checklist, and fill ill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth school code number 002210.


  • Please renew your FAFSA form every year.
  • When you register for classes, please contact the Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth at (508) 999-9202 to let them know you have applied/are applying for financial aid.

For more information or if you have further questions, please contact UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid Office at(508) 999-8632 or at financialaid@umassd.edu.

  • "The flexibility of the program in terms of when you get your work done, cannot be understated. This is a huge plus. However, do not think an online program means less work. I firmly believe I have completed a heavier workload online because of the required readings and writing. This has made me a better student, and I yearn for more knowledge. The online program has allowed me to complete a bachelor's degree when I otherwise would not have been able to do that as the primary caregiver to my two children."
    - Denise Schultz '11, UMass Dartmouth, BA, Women’s Studies

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