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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. 

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Upcoming Virtual Open Houses / Info Sessions for GLPP certificate and MPA-GLPP track programs

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 - 6:30 pm ET  Register here

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET   Register here

Thursday, May 4, 5:30 - 7:00 pm ET  Register here  

*This session will also cover the MPA and MPA-GLPP tracks in detail and give info about state employee tuition waivers.

We also invite you to "Request Info" (button above) to join our email list. Please download our FAQs sheet for answers to many common questions.

Applications are now being accepted for both the on-campus and online GLPP Class of 2024 that begins in fall 2023. Online program applicants - be sure to choose the online option in the application. We urge all applicants to apply as early as possible as we review complete applications on a rolling basis until the deadline. The priority application deadline is April 15 and the final deadline is June 30. After the deadline, we accept applications on a space-available basis with permssion only. Please use the "Apply" button above to begin your application (you can start it and return to it later).

For more information about the application process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Office's Application Process page.  International students should review this graduate admissions webpage as well for transcript and TOEFL/IELTS info (please refer to "other programs," the last line in the scores chart).

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

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