Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

About the MA Program in Gender Studies

Our program offers students the opportunity to explore gender theory and application across twenty-one different subjects. MA courses are transdisciplinary and centered on individual projects and problems.


If you want to study gender studies at the HU, apply online.


The application deadlines

  • for BA (for restricted undergraduate courses)
  • and MA (for restricted Master of Arts/Master of Science)

can be found on the HU website for academic calendars and deadlines.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 30 academic credits (ECTS) in gender studies-related fields

Length of Program

  • four semesters
  • part-time studies also available


The self-conception of the gender studies program

  • views gender as a central category through which our society structures its perceptions, identities, and values
  • is transdisciplinary in order to understand the connection between different disciplinary approaches while simultaneously reflecting critically on those approaches; is interdependent because gender can only be analyzed in its complex relationship with other categories such as "race," ethnicity, social status, sexuality, religion, dis/ability, or age
  • is critical of the sciences, because the analytical category gender generates new knowledge, which impacts the arts and sciences as well as other relevant contexts
  • is interventionist because gender studies is committed not only to theory but also to translating gender knowledge into real-world practice

Program Structure

The MA program consists of twelve modules and 120 credits.

Modules 1, 2, 7, and 11 are Obligatory Modules (62 CP)

  • Module 1: Interdependencies fosters an in-depth understanding of the interdependent relationship between gender and other systems of categorization and norming.
  • Module 2: Knowledge focusses on theories of knowledge and epistemology while exploring subject-specific, transdisciplinary as well as science-critical reflections.
  • Module 7: Project Study is built on research-based learning  and deepens the understanding of complexities in the subject area or field of research in which the work is conducted.
  • Module 11: Master’s thesis concludes the program.

Modules 3, 4, 5, and 6 are Elective Modules 1 (36 CP)

Students complete three of the following four modules according to their personal field of interest, or research orientation.

  • Module 3: Normativities examines rules, ethics, codes, and natural laws in order to bring the tensions and  constitutive processes related to norms and norming into focus.
  • Module 4: Medialization addresses the symbolic gender order as well as the development conditions and impact of the representation of gender in different forms, arts, or media.
  • Module 5: Transformations analyzes changes in gender relations on a structural, social, institutional and individual level.
  • Module 6: Interventions deepens epistemological knowledge with regard to the development and execution of intervening projects, under consideration of context-specific practices.

Modules 8, 9 and 10 are Elective Modules 2 (12 CP)

Students are required to finish one of the three modules:

  • Module 8: Free Choice. Students have free range to pursue subjects of their interest within the Gender Studies Master
  • Module 9: Project Study Continuation
  • Module 10: Internship

Module 12 is the Interdisciplinary Elective Module (10 CP)

Students can take classes in Gender Studies or a different master's program.

Further information is available at our Academic Advising Office.