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. At present the MA program has 17 students in residence. Each year about 90 applications are received and about 6-8 new students join the program.

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 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 MA students.  The application form will ask you to name one or two faculty members whose research interests are a good match for your own and who might potentially serve as your supervisor.  The Admissions Committee pairs 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 information on tuition, application fees, student fees, cost of living and how to pay.

Information about funding can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Our Social Justice Research Networks 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.

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