Application Procedure

Application and required documents deadline for Fall 2023 admission is December 12th, 2022

Please note: The Gender Studies MA Program is suspended indefinitely.


The online application is submitted through the UCLA Graduate Division:

Application materials required by the Graduate Division and the Department of Gender Studies:

  • Online application which includes submission of basic information, including your academic history and the degree program to which you wish to apply, as well as the application fee of $120 ($140 for international).
  • Fellowship and Diversity application now called Personal History Statement (if you are eligible for Graduate Division fellowships).
  • Transcripts (upload online AND mail 2 original hard copies to the Department of Gender Studies – address below)
  • Three letters of recommendation are required by the Department of Gender Studies.  Indicate a minimum of 3 names and emails for your recommenders.

Please upload these Gender Studies supplemental materials to the online application under “Supporting Documents” if there is no other specified section to upload:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Gender Studies Supplemental Essay
  • CV or resume
  • International Applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Statement of Purpose – The statement of purpose is very important and is carefully considered in the selection process.  Be concise and specific.  It should be 3-pages double-spaced, and focus on what has brought you to pursuing a doctoral degree.

Fellowship Application – Available through the graduate division, please apply for all scholarships you feel are applicable.  Be sure to include the Diversity Supplemental form if applicable (

Letters of Recommendation – Your recommenders will be sent an email request with instructions on how to submit their letters online.  They do not need to mail hard copies.

Transcripts –   Transcripts (upload scanned copies online, if admitted, you will be asked to request originals  – electronic preferred if possible – to be sent to Department of Gender Studies at Hard copy sealed official transcripts can be mailed to Gender Studies Graduate Program:

UCLA Department of Gender Studies
Box 951504
1120 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1504

CV or resume – include your current address, telephone number, email, your educational experience, and your work experience.

Gender Studies supplementary essay (in addition to the Statement of Purpose) – The Gender Studies Supplementary Essay should tell the admissions committee about your background in and proposed focus in Gender Studies – answer the question “Why Gender Studies?” It can also give the committee information about your work and professional experience. The essay should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages and should address the following:

  • How did you become interested in Gender Studies?
  • What work or academic experiences prompted you to apply for a graduate degree in Gender Studies?
  • In what area of Gender Studies do you plan to specialize?
  • What are your career goals?

Writing Sample – Research papers or other written materials (not to exceed 25 pages in length) expressing your academic or professional interests.  These materials should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.

International Applicants

TOEFL scores (required of international applicants whose first language is not English) – Official Score Reports can be ordered from ETS.  Institutional code for UCLA: R4837; Department/Major Field Code : 2201 Social Sciences—Area, Ethnic and Gender Studies