Admission Open for IGNOU Master in Women’s and Gender Studies Programme

Last Modified: 18 May 2024

Admission process for IGNOU Master in Women’s and Gender Studies Programme is open. Interested candidates can apply till 15th July.

28 June 2018: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started the admission process for its Master’s degree programme in Women’s and Gender Studies. Candidates can apply for the programmes till 15th July through the regional IGNOU centres.

About Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies (MAWGS)

The programme was first offered from July 2013 session under the School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS) at IGNOU. As per a statement by IGNOU, “the programme addresses the need to examine gender issues from an academic perspective through the dissemination of the growing body of knowledge in the areas of women's and gender studies.”


All candidates with an undergraduate degree (any discipline) with minimum 50% aggregate are eligible for the exam. There is no age limit for the exam.

Course Duration

Minimum – 2 years

Maximum – 5 years

MA in Women’s and Gender Studies – Programme Structure

It is a two years programme of 64 credit with eight courses and a project work in II semester. Here are the details about all courses in different semesters:



Semester I

Theories of Women’s and Gender Studies

Gender and Power

Semester II

Constructing Gender Through Arts and Media

Gendered Bodies

Project Work

Semester III

Research Methods ( common to both


Gendered Nation/ Women & Social Structure

Semester IV

Postmodernism & Gender/ Women and Political Process

Gender & Life Narratives/ Women in the Economy

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Students have an option to exit the programme after the first year (two semesters) with a PG diploma in Women’s & Gender Studies. Those who continue the course will be awarded a full Master’s degree.

MA in Women’s and Gender Studies – Career Options

After completing the Master’s programme, candidates can look for career options in:

  • Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • NGOs
  • Government/private agencies
  • Counselling firms
  • Mass communication,
  • Journalism,
  • Writing/Editing
  • All other fields that require an understanding of gender issues.

Those who are already employed in the related fields can also pursue the course for additional knowledge and better career opportunities. Admission deadline is 15 July without late fee.

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