Prospective MA Students

How to apply to the MA program

Application FAQ


The MA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is a vibrant, interdisciplinary graduate program that attracts excellent students from around the world. Our students pursue their interests in areas as diverse as blue collar alliances with neoconservative movements, and post-communist Eastern European women’s narratives of trauma. Many of our faculty are cross-appointed giving the program strong connections in areas such as sociology, English, environment and development, community and regional planning, anthropology, and classical and religious studies.

Each year we receive approximately 55 applications and admit 4-6 students.

Students in the GRSJ MA program will complete 30 credits of course work in total, including their choice of a thesis (9 credits) or extended essay (3 credits).  Most will complete the program in 18-24 months, with thesis students taking a little longer than those writing an extended essay.

Prospective MA students need not contact potential supervisors; however, we suggest you look over our list of core faculty and faculty associates to give you a better idea of whether we have faculty expertise appropriate to your interests.  Faculty members at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor and professor are eligible to supervise graduate students.  When you are ready to apply, mention in your letter of intent one or two whose research interests are a good match for your own.  The Admissions Committee matches successful applicants with pro tem supervisors to guide them in planning a program of study.

Tuition & Funding

Please visit UBC’s Tuition, Fees & Cost of Living website for more information on tuition, application fees, student fees, cost of living and how to pay. You can also access tuition information under Tuition / Program costs on the Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA) website.

All successful applicants to the program will be considered for partial scholarship funding. A separate application is not required. Incoming students may also apply for Graduate Academic Assistantships.


The Thematic Research Networks at the Institute provide opportunities for graduate students to interact with other students and faculty on shared themes of interest. Being interdisciplinary networks, there is also participation from across UBC departments and units, providing key avenues to extend networks across the campus community. To date, the thematic networks have held workshops and colloquia, sponsored guest artists and lectures, and published materials. We see the networks as invaluable training opportunities for our graduate students to engage and interact around targeted focal themes and to work with key academics and activists.

The Graduate Student Association also pursues activist, social justice and equity issues, and hosts social events throughout the year.