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

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:

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


Registration is administered through Online & Continuing Education 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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has earned several awards for its online programs including:

  • First UMass approved as a SARA Institution in Massachusetts – September 12, 2018 
  • UMass Dartmouth is ranked as a Tier 1 National Research University - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 3rd for best online colleges in Massachusetts - College Choice, Affordable Colleges Online
  • The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., 98th of 1,000 - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 10th in the nation for best online bachelor's degree in accounting - College Choice
  • Ranked 11th for online MBA in healthcare management programs - The Best Schools
  • Ranked 6th of 33 Massachusetts schools for affordability of online programs - College Choice
  • Ranked 26th nationally for the MS in Healthcare Management offered by Charlton College of Business - Master's Program Guide
  • Excellence in Online Teaching - Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Ranked 7th nationally for most affordable online colleges for bachelor's degrees - College Choice
  • Ranked 10th for best online master's programs in public policy nationwide - Best Colleges
  • Ranked in the top 11% nationally for best value college, based on return on investment. - Payscale
  • In the top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts - Accounting Degree Review
  • Online MBA program ranked in the top 33% nationwide - U.S. News & World Report
  • Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience - Military Friendly

Undergraduate degree applicants

  1. Complete and submit your application: online.
  2. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee:
    • Online application, we accept MasterCard or Visa.
    • Paper application, we accept money orders, personal and banks checks.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all previous college or university courses for which you enrolled.

Students with fewer than 13 college credits will be required to:

  • Have your high school transcript sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Send a personal statement of up to 500 words that demonstrates qualities of leadership, community service, work experiences and/or other significant interests.
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: 

Your UMass Dartmouth education is an investment in your future. There are a number of ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, and loans. Your workplace may offer reimbursement for education if you check with the Human Resources Department where you work.

To be eligible for grants and loans, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be taking at least 6 credits per semester.

FAFSA application

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to receive UMassD need-based education loans and grants. You must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, and taking at least 6 credits per semester. 

By submitting your completed FAFSA, you may be eligible for a number of need-based grants or loans. Learn more about need-based aid

  • "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