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Dual Degrees

Dual Degrees

"I love the focus on leadership. The programs are giving me a new lens for looking at organizations: how diverse people work together, how organizations fit into communities, and how we can better reach those communities. I'm thinking about issues of gender and culture in a while different way and learning to blend theory and practice to help motivate people to work toward change."
—Shauna Rigaud '13 M.A. Gender/Cultural Studies/M.S. Communications Management; B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Coordinator, South End/Lower Roxbury Youth to Workers Alliance, Boston, MA

Gender/Cultural Studies and Teaching (M.A./MAT)

The Gender/Cultural Studies and Teaching (M.A./MAT) dual degree program is specifically designed for those preparing for a career in education and intending to assume leadership positions in schools. Students must apply and be admitted to both programs. Students simultaneously enroll in both the GCS program and the MAT program. Each student will have two advisors, one in the MAT program and one in the GCS program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the dual degree must complete a total of 15 -16 courses. Students must complete 6 courses in the GCS program, and 8-9 courses in the MAT program, depending on the teaching unit selected. In addition, students complete a capstone project in GCS that comprises a teaching unit. For the teaching unit, the student has the option of completing a one-semester teaching practicum or a full-year teaching internship in a public school.

Teaching Licensure

Successful completion of the MAT degree along with passing scores on the appropriate Massachusetts tests for educator licensure (MTEL) allow the student to receive initial teaching licensure from the state of Massachusetts at the elementary, middle or high school level.

Gender/Cultural Studies and Management (M.A./M.S.)

Possible Specializations

  • Communications
  • General Management
  • Non-Profit Management

This unique dual-degree program is designed for students who seek to combine the theoretical frameworks of gender studies and cultural theory with the strategic thinking and practitioner approach of management. This program integrates practical issues of cultural diversity, gender and race equality, and communication strategies with gender, race, cultural, and sexuality theories. Students must apply and be admitted to both programs. Students simultaneously enroll in both the GCS program and the MSM program. Each student will have two advisors, one in the MSM program and one in the GCS program

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the dual degree must complete a total of 16 courses. Students must complete 6 courses in the GCS program, and 9 courses in the MSM program. For the MSM degree, students select a specialization: communications management, general management, or non-profit management. In addition, students complete a combined GCS/MSM capstone.