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Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate

Change Your Life and Change the World in a Diverse Cohort of Learners

UMass Boston's award-winning Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy (GLPP) Certificate is one of the few programs in the country that explores the intersectional influence of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in the context of the larger policy environment. This certificate prepares students to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, and pursue advanced degrees in law, public policy, and other areas. GLPP graduate certificate students can also opt to apply for the Master of Public Administration (MPA)-GLPP track; if accepted, you can earn an MPA in only one additional year. 

Try Out a GLPP course this Fall Semester!

If you have a Bachelor's or advanced degree, you are invited to try out an on-campus or online GLPP course this fall semester! See the list of available courses here.  If you earn a grade of B or better in a GLPP course and are later accepted into the GLPP certificate or MPA-GLPP track, the course credit will count toward your certificate or MPA degree.  You can find more information and access to the non-degree graduate application form here. Questions? Please email glpp@umb.edu. 

Learn More and Apply

We invite you to "Request Info" to join our email list. Download our FAQs sheet and GLPP Fact Sheet for more information.

Applications are now being accepted for both the on-campus and online GLPP Class of 2022 that begins in fall 2021. Online program applicants - be sure to choose the online option in the application. We urge all applicants to apply early, so your application can be processed quickly, and we can discuss internship options with you. The application deadline is July 31 (after this date, applications will only be accepted on a space available basis, with permission).

For more information about the application process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Office's Application Process page.

For any questions, please contact the Assistant Program Director Muna Killingback at muna.killingback@umb.edu.