Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa
The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) is an academic research institute and a graduate teaching center for scholars, researchers and graduate students interested in gender issues in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. The Institute for Gender and Women's Studies offers an interdisciplinary two-year Master of Arts and a Diploma.
The MA offers three tracks
Specialization 1: Gendered Political Economies
Focusing on issues relating to poverty, labor politics, political economies of desire, migration, mobility and development histories and practices.
Specialization 2: Geographies of Gender and Justice
An advanced study of contemporary practices and problems of justice, ranging from international justice regimes to national legal cultures to social and economic justice claims, with a particular focus on the global south.
Specialization 3: Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East/ North Africa (MENA), investigating how relations of gender are embedded in social, political and cultural formations.
Who is it for?
The diploma is intended for students pursuing an interdisciplinary MA or Diploma focusing on Gender and Women Studies with a focus on the MENA region and who at the same time seek to acquire gender studies qualifications.
Advantages of studying at The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies:
- The research institute serves as a resources link through which research projects, conferences, workshops, policy debates and educational programs on gender issues are engaged.
- The graduate center provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in GWST with a special emphasis on the Middle East and North African region.
- The graduate center also supports Surfacing, an international, online, yearly graduate student journal launched in September 2007.
- Programs at AUC follow international guidelines for similar degrees at accredited institutions in the USA.
Courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semester. Students have to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be considered full time.
What will you learn
- You will receive a solid grounding in the nexus between gender and modalities for reorganizing the political-economic order in the contemporary world.
- You will be provided with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective with special emphasis on situating the Middle East and North African region in a comparative global south perspective.
Deadlines for application
Students are admitted to the MA degree program in the fall only.
To inquire about tuition and get the application for admission and the required supporting documents, you need to contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at AUC.
For detailed information on admission to the University, please visit graduate admissions website where you can also download the application pack.
For Detailed Curriculum
For full details of the program requirements, refer to the AUC catalog.
About the School
The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a premier English-language institution of higher learning. The university is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber.