Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)

General Information

The PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is an interdisciplinary program which allows students to explore their interests in diverse areas while employing feminist, intersectional, and decolonizing methodologies. It is intended to be flexible and to accommodate the needs of individual students.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
On campus
Faculty of Arts

Program contact details

All official documents must be received by Dec. 15th.


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

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.


New registrations31   
Total enrolment1413   
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 Doctor of Philosophy in Women's and Gender Studies. Data for the previous program / time are shown below:
New registrations32141
Total enrolment5681817
Doctor of Philosophy in Women's and Gender Studies: This program has a graduation rate of 78% based on 9 students admitted between 2000 - 2003. Based on 8 graduations between 2009 - 2012 the minimum time to completion is 4.66 years and the maximum time is 7.99 years with an average of 6.87 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.

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Ellen Rudrum: "Dr. Rudrum studied the social organization of maternity care and birth in a rural community in post-conflict northern Uganda. She found that pregnant women had to navigate complex power relationships, as well as overcome financial and logistical challenges, in order to access care. Her research has implications for maternity care practice and policy." (May 2015)
  • Dr. Anika Nicole Stafford: "Dr. Stafford's dissertation examined gender norms and sexuality in Kindergarten. Her research findings illustrate how primary schools normalize gender conforming heterosexuality at the expensive of queer and transgender people. Her work is useful to anyone concerned with safer schools or interested in gender issues in dominant culture." (May 2014)
  • Dr. Emilia Victoria Llewellyn Nielsen: "Dr. Nielsen completed her research in the field of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She explored the personal narratives of women who had experienced breast cancer. She argues that "disruptive breast cancer narratives" have the potential to shift public perceptions, breast cancer culture, and biomedical understandings of the disease." (November 2013)

Further Information


Application Deadlines

September 2016 Intake

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