How to secure an MSt in Women’s Studies
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The month of March has reminded us of the great achievements made by women.

During Women’s History Month 2019 in the US (March 1-March 31), many universities highlighted the importance of teaching Women’s Studies and reflected on the great achievements made by women throughout history.

A subject that focuses on a variety of experiences, such as discrimination in the workplace, gender differences in the division of labour at home, and domestic violence, Women’s Studies also inspires students to dig through the roots of these experiences to understand the cause.

How to secure an MSt in Women’s Studies

Typically, when applying for an MSt in Women’s Studies, aspiring postgraduate students are expected to meet a specific set of entry requirements:

Proven academic excellence

Before applying, ensure you read the requirements of your chosen university course. Often, universities supplying further education in Women’s Studies expect high results from your previous course, i.e: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours.

Of course, this will vary.

However, entrance to this course can be competitive and you’ll be required to supply supporting documents with your application, including references and an official transcript – so make sure they’re looking good!

Language requirements

As an international student looking to study a degree in Women’s Studies, keep an eye out for the given language requirements of your course.

You may be asked to provide evidence of proficiency in English at a higher level, required by the university.

Passion for the subject

In your personal statement/cover letter, you might be asked to express your inner passions for the subject.

Why do you want to study Women’s studies?

What inspired you to take the plunge and to attend a university overseas to study this?

How will the university benefit you in the long run?

Be prepared to respond to the above and additional questions, because if it gets competitive, you’ll need a few bespoke answers to stand out from the crowd.

Career outcomes of Women’s Studies 

If you’re wondering about the career outcomes for Women’s Studies, here’s a list of common job routes graduates choose to take:

• Human Resources Administrator
• Human Services Worker
• Journalist
• Lawyer
• Lobbyist
• Market Research Analyst
• Programme Director
• Sales Representative
• Women’s Rights Advocate
• Writer
• Business Manager
• Child Welfare Worker
• Community Service Agency Director
• Counselor
• Crisis Centre Worker

With the door wide open to an assortment of professional pathways after your Women’s Studies experience, you’ll thrive in academic fields such as politics, society and history, as well as more specific topics like diverse identities, social justice, media and pop culture.

Your degree will coincide with some of the relevant topics of today, so you’re bound to end up in a progressive and rewarding line of work!

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