Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Program

Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland enjoy a global reputation for new methodologies and exciting new research. UMD is one of a small number of universities in the US to offer a doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Our students and alumni are building new fields of study and reimagining the future of feminist thought across, within, and beyond academia. 

Our program and campus has particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Race and racialization, ethnic and diasporic studies, Black feminist thought, and intersectionality
  • Arts, technology, media, cultural studies, and digital humanities
  • Sexual cultures, queer and trans studies, and queer of color critique
  • Social justice and political movements
  • Transnational feminisms and global gender justice.

Students in the program explore feminist and queer theories, methodologies, and genealogies through coursework within the department, then draw upon resources across UMD and the DC area to build an individualized course of study as they ready themselves for dissertation research. With the guidance of faculty, students work through our series of benchmarks in order to gain a strong grounding in our field and then develop their specific trajectory, pursuing the classes, networks, and training necessary for the projects they are building. 

The program trains students in scholarly research, which our graduates have successfully applied within a wide range of professional arenas. Graduates of our program are working not only in academic women, gender, and sexuality studies but also in traditional disciplinary departments, in non-teaching academic positions, in nonprofits, in publishing, in museums, and beyond.

Women’s Studies Graduate Handbook and Forms


Graduate Student Profiles