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Graduate Diploma (Ph.D.) – Requirements

Program objectives for the Graduate Diploma (Ph.D.) will be achieved through four separate but related requirements in addition to those of the student’s home department:

  • one compulsory half-course (3 units): GSFR 700 Current Debates in Feminist and Gender Theory (which is also required for Master’s students)
  • one additional elective (3 units) from a list of approved courses. This course is in addition to coursework required for your Ph.D. degree.  Courses cannot be counted towards both the Ph.D. degree and the GSFR Ph.D. diploma.
  • participation in the program’s Research Symposium, including:
    • regular attendance at symposium events, including visiting speaker talks. Important Note:  The symposium is a key way in which we attempt to create an intellectual community in a program in which students come from many different disciplines.  Therefore, students are expected to attend all symposia.  Students who anticipate missing more than one symposium event per year must contact the Director of the Program and meet with the Graduate Program Committee to discuss the circumstances.
    • an oral presentation based on the doctoral student’s own research, normally in the third or fourth year of study; and
  • a doctoral thesis on a topic related to Gender and/or Feminist Studies. The Statement of Interest should clarify what elements in the applicant’s academic background prepare them for graduate level work in feminist and gender theory.

Students will normally complete the 6 units of diploma coursework during their second year. In order to ensure timely degree completion, diploma students will be encouraged to choose an elective course likely to directly enhance and move forward their thesis research: either an approved course the topic of which is closely linked to the student’s doctoral thesis topic, or GSFR 701 Doing Research in Feminist and Gender Studies (in which course requirements are designed to facilitate provisional work toward broader research agendas, such as the Ph.D. thesis).

Diploma students will normally give their Research Symposium presentation during their third or fourth year; this requirement, too, will enhance the dissertation work by providing a useful forum for sharing preliminary research results and receiving feedback from interested students and faculty members across a range of disciplines.

Language requirements: To be determined by individual home departments.

Thesis evaluation procedures: Students in the Graduate Diploma program must have their thesis topics approved by both the home department and the program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research. The thesis must be on a topic related to the broad fields of Gender Studies and Feminist Research. Approval is granted by the program’s Graduate Committee and occurs in conjunction with the home department’s regular schedule for doctoral thesis proposal submission and approval. After this point, thesis evaluation for Ph.D. students is entirely at the discretion of the home department, i.e. the supervisor and thesis committee members appointed by that department. Members of the Gender Studies and Feminist Research program may sit on doctoral thesis supervisory committees, or serve as external examiners of doctoral theses, but such arrangements are entirely at the discretion of the home department.

Progress reports: Graduate Diploma (Ph.D.) students will complete progress reports together with their thesis committees as part of their home department requirements. Since the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Graduate Diploma does not require the participation of our faculty members on Ph.D. thesis committees, our program will not submit progress reports for diploma students.