Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA)

Quick Facts

Master of Arts
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty of Arts


The MA program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is a vibrant, interdisciplinary graduate program, that attracts excellent scholars from around the world. Our MA program incorporates research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, science, education, and law. MA students are engaged in theoretical and empirical work that contributes to the advancement of current knowledge and relevant dialogues around culture, politics and public policy in local, global and transnational contexts. Subjects of exploration include: critical race theory, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, media studies, feminist politics and methodologies, health, history and autobiography, international development, literature/film and cultural studies, migration and racialization, gender, sexuality, social justice, social policy and community action.


What makes the program unique?

The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC joins other higher learning institutions globally in support of a multidisciplinary field of scholarship and collaboration. Our Institute’s graduate and research program initiatives are strongly collaborative in nature, with opportunities for graduate students to interact with other students and faculty on shared themes of interest. Being interdisciplinary in nature, there is also participation from across UBC departments and units, providing key avenues to extend networks across the campus community and beyond. Many of our faculty and students are heavily engaged in community based research and teaching.

Our research and teaching programs reflect the unique diversity in interdisciplinary thought and practice, and are central to UBC’s strategic initiatives of Aboriginal Engagement, Intercultural Understanding, International Engagement, and Social Sustainability.



Criminal Record Check

Students may elect to take a practicum that will require a criminal record check.

Career Options

The 12-18 month M.A. program in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice will prepare students for employment in the public or private sector, or to pursue further studies in a Ph.D. program. Recent graduates have taken positions at the Department of Natural Resources Canada, BC Society of Transition Houses, University of Waterloo's Career Services, WorkSafe BC, and many other organizations. Those looking to pursue a Ph.D. have gone on to study at the University of Manchester, York, Stanford, Simon Fraser University, University of Oregon, as well as UBC.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$98.25$159.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,538.45$2,702.80
Tuition per year$4,615.35$8,108.40
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$857.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $13,561.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations44   
Total enrolment107   
Due to a change in the way data were recorded in 2012 only a limited data set is available. The program was previously known as Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies. Data for the previous program / time are shown below:
New registrations33524
Total enrolment63 97

Completion Rates & Times

Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies: This program has a graduation rate of 77% based on 13 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 10 graduating students from the 2003 - 2006 admission cohort the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 2.83 years with an average of 2.15 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 19 May 2015]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Further Program Information


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September 2016 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2015
Canadian/US Student Deadline
01 December 2015
International Student Deadline
01 December 2015

Program Information

Application Enquiries
Mailing Address
Centre for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
The University of British Columbia
Room 038, Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall
British Columbia, V6T 1Z2

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