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Graduate Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Generally, successful applicants meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • A recent minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal score of 156 and a quantitative score of 141
  • An undergraduate major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies or evidence of a strong background in the field. (Applicants without training in Women’s and Gender Studies, who otherwise meet the requirements for admission, may be admitted with the provision that additional undergraduate courses are to be successfully completed prior to full admission to the graduate program.)

How To Apply

First, complete the Graduate School’s online application, which can be found at:

Second, upload the following documents to your online application:

  • A personal narrative or statement of purpose describing your background, experience, and academic and professional goals
  • An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A sample of your scholarly writing, such as a term or research paper
  • Unofficial transcripts (if available, does not supercede the requirement for official transcripts)
  • GRE score report (if available, does not supercede the official score report)

The online application also gives you the ability to request recommendation letters. Each applicant must provide three (3) letters of recommendation that speak to your ability to succeed in graduate education. Character references and employment-focused letters are acceptable, but may not be as helpful as letters focused on your academic/scholarly talents. If you would prefer to have letters mailed to the department, they should arrive under separate cover directly from the recommender.

If you have already submitted your online application, you can log back into the application and add additional documents.

Though not preferable, if your recommender cannot upload a letter, hard copies can be sent to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler AVE CMC342
Tampa, Florida 33620

Documents may also be e-mailed to Jennifer Ellerman-Queen at


Students who wish to matriculate in fall should apply by February 15 for both domestic and international students. Occasionally the department admits students for spring matriculation if they have applied by October 15 for domestic students and September 15 for international students. All application materials, including recommendation letters, must be received no later than the stated deadline for the desired term of entry.

Questions and Application Status

If you have any questions regarding the application process or wish to check to see what parts of your application may still be missing, please contact our graduate program coordinator, Jennifer Ellerman-Queen. It is always better to be proactive than to scramble at the last minute. We're here to help!