Diverse GLPP students reviewing documents in front of the Massachusetts State House.

Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate

To ensure the health and safety of our faculty, students, staff, and surrounding community, UMass Boston will continue to operate in hybrid fashion, with some courses lodged on campus and others—the majority—continuing in remote modality during the fall 2020 semester. Many answers about the campus's response to the coronavirus can be found in our special section. If you are a current or prospective student, please contact the assistant program director, Muna Killingback (muna.killingback@umb.edu), with any questions or concerns.


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

Become a better advocate and ally! 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, they can earn an MPA degree in only one additional year. 

  • NOTICE: The Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy certificate will only be offered online in academic year 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The content will be the same as the longstanding GLPP on-campus program and the design of the instructional format will reflect the best pedagogical practices in online learning.  High-impact live events will be also scheduled via Zoom or on-campus when permitted to offer the GLPP student cohort opportunities for more personal interactions. These will also be livestreamed and/or videotaped for those who cannot attend.

We invite you to "Request Info" to join our email list. Download our FAQs sheet and GLPP Fact Sheet for more information. Applications are being accepted for both the on-campus and new parallel online GLPP Class of 2022 that begins in fall 2021. Online program applicants should choose this 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.  Interested prospective students with a Bachelor's degree may be able to enroll in one or two GLPP courses in the spring semester.  Please email for more information.

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 (muna.killingback@umb.edu).