M.A. (Women's Studies)

Master of Arts in Women's Studies

Duration: 2 Years
Level: Post Graduation
Type: Degree
Eligibility: Graduation

M.A. Women's Studies or Master of Arts in Women’s Studies is a postgraduate Social Science course. Women's studies are an interdisciplinary academic field which explores politics, society and history from an intersectional, multicultural women's perspective. The curriculum comprising many areas such as Women’s movements, laws made for them, development programmes, research related to women topics, women’s political development and many other important topics attached to it. The duration of M.A. in Women's Studies is mostly of two academic years but it may vary from institute to institute. The syllabus is divided into four semesters.

M.A. Women's Studies Eligibility

  • The candidates should complete their B.A. degree under any recognised University in Arts stream.
  • The marks of admission for this course may vary from University to University.
  • In various colleges and Universities it conducts entrance exams plus interview for the admission of the students.

M.A. Women's Studies Syllabus

Syllabus of Women's Studies as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

Sem. I

Sr. No.

Subjects Titles


(Compulsory Papers)


Conceptualising Women’s Studies


Women’s Movement in India


Feminist Theory


Basics of Social Research

Sem. II


(Compulsory Papers)


Feminism: An Indian Perspective


Emerging Trends in Research Methodology


United Nations and Women’s Issues


(Optional Paper)
(i) Field Project OR (ii) Women and Environment

Sem. III


(Compulsory Papers)


Women and Law I


Women and Development


Women and Human Rights


(Optional Paper)
(Candidate will be required to opt for one paper out of the courses offered) Option
(i) Women and Management Option
(ii) Women and Entrepreneurship Option
(iii) Training in Practical Skills

Sem. IV


(Compulsory Papers)


Women and Politics


Women and Law II

3 & 4

Optional Papers
(Candidate will be required to opt for two papers out of the courses offered)
(i) Women and Work
(ii) Women and Health
(iii) Women and Media or Dissertation in lieu of two papers



M.A. Women's Studies Colleges

M.A. Women's Studies Course Suitability

  • Students those who interested in Women's Studies and its related areas etc. are most suitable for this course.
  • Those who are willing to go for teaching fields at higher degree level i.e. college and university level both in private and government institutions.
  • Those who are interested in women’s topics and want to take up feministic issues at state and that of national level also are suitable for the course.

How is M.A. Women's Studies Course Beneficial?

  • This degree course enables the students to go for Women's Studies Programmes both at state and centre level and teaching related jobs.
  • One can go for higher degree programmes in respective subjects, e. g. M.Phil. and Ph.D. etc.
  • They can also work for NGOs working for woman causes.
  • They can also take teaching jobs in schools and managing jobs in other women’s welfare groups.

M.A. Women's Studies Employment Areas

  • Clinic & Hospital
  • Organisation & Union
  • College & University
  • Human Resource Development
  • Art & Culture
  • Women Abuse Field
  • Population Relation

M.A. Women's Studies Job Types

  • Clinical Social Worker & Health Clinic Coordinator
  • Union Organizer
  • College Professor
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Artist or Musician & Archivist
  • Battered Women's Centre Director
  • Public Relations Manager & Town Manager

Advance Courses in M.A. Women's Studies

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