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.



TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Criminal Record Check

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

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?


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$100.00$162.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,569.22$2,756.86
Tuition per year$4,707.66$8,270.58
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 registrations1044  
Total enrolment16107  
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Al-Kassim, Dina (World literature)
  • Anderson, Kristin Siwan (Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments)
  • Angeles, Leonora (Gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work)
  • Averill, Gage (Haitian music, barbershop harmony, sound, music and power, music and politics, Caribbean music, steelband, ethnomusicology, world music, Ethnomusicology, Haiti, Haitian diaspora, American Popular Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and Traditional Irish Music)
  • Bloch, Alexia (Migration and Transnationalism, Anthropology of Gender, Statelessness, Ethnographic Methods and Writing, Socialist Cultures and Projects of Modernity, Eurasia, Peoples of Siberia)
  • Boschma, Geertje (History of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing)
  • Brown, Helen Jean (Maternal-infant and women)
  • Browne, Annette (Health inequalities, indigenous peoples, women's health, cultural safety, primary health care interventions to improve health outcomes, marginalized populations, health policy)
  • Bryson, Mary (technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education)
  • Butterwick, Shauna (Adult education, Gender studies, Policy, Social justice, Workplace learning)
  • Chan, Jennifer (transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies)
  • Chaudhry, Ayesha (Islam, Muslims, religion, gender, human rights, family and children, discrimination, social justice )
  • Cheek, Timothy (20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China)
  • Clarke, Laura (aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, chronic conditions, health, disability, assistive technology, appearance work, femininity and masculinity, physical activity, qualitative methods)
  • Condon, Anne (Theoretical computer science, analysis of algorithms, dna computing, verification of finite state protocols, computational complexity theory)
  • Cox, Susan (Experiences of individuals and families at risk for, or affected by, a range of adult onset hereditary and/or genetic conditions (eg, Huntington Disease and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease))
  • Creese, Gillian (Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions)
  • Currie, Dawn Heather (Adolescent femininity)
  • Dalziel, Pamela (Victorian-literature, Victorian-culture, visual-representation, illustration, gender-studies, religion, interdisciplinary-studies, textual-criticism, scholarly-editing, Thomas-Hardy, Charles-Dickens, George-Eliot )
  • Daniluk, Judith (infertility and reproductive technologies; women’s sexuality and reproductive health and decision-making; voluntary and involuntary childlessness; delayed and later childbearing; psychosocial consequences of infertility, Women)



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September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2016
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
01 December 2016
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2016

Program Information

Application Enquiries
Mailing Address
Institute 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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