Mount Allison University will stop funding the women and gender studies program in the 2016-17 academic year, students have been told in an email from the program's lone professor.

Acting program director Lisa Dawn Hamilton notified students of the decision by email on Monday.

"I am writing tonight with disappointing news," states Hamilton in the email. "The dean of arts informed me today that due to decisions made in the budget process the university has cut the budget for the WGST program next year.

"This means that, currently, there are no plans to offer any WGST credits toward their minor."