Admissions & Financial Aid

Thank you for your interest in the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate program.  We hope that you will consider joining other like-minded innovators and problem-solvers in this award-winning, first-in-the-nation program.

Begin by reviewing the university’s general application requirements for graduate admission.

If you are an international student, please see additional requirements.

Note: The GREs are NOT required to apply for this program, but they are required if you are applying for the Master of Public Administration-GLPP track. The MPA-GLPP program may waive the GRE requirement for applicants who have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA and at least 3 years of relevant work experience. To inquire about a waiver for the MPA-GLPP track, please email

Application Form

Statement of Purpose

Write a two-part essay:

In part 1 (no more than 300 words), give your reasons for wishing to attend graduate school.

In part 2 (at least 1,200 words), describe your specific interests and the type of work you would like to do in your intended field.

This essay should be typed and should include your name.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions from every college and university that you have attended and from which you earned more than 6 credits. Transcripts should provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Official transcripts must be sealed in an envelope from the issuing institution. We accept electronic transcripts from most universities and delivery services. If possible, please select “UMass Boston-Graduate” when ordering transcripts. Please use for transcripts services that require an institutional email.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. The letters should come from people who can address your academic abilities and/or leadership capabilities. They can come from your professors or people who know you professionally or through your civic engagement work.  If you are a recent graduate, we ask that at least one of the letters come from a professor who taught or advised you.

Download the letter of recommendation form

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

Include your résumé or CV.


Arrange for an in-person or telephone interview with the Assistant Program Director Muna Killingback. This is optional, but advised if you wish to discuss any components of your application further.

Application fee

Don't forget the application fee of $75.


The Betty Taymor Scholarship, named for the founder of the GLPP program, and the Polly Logan Fund, named for a prominent Massachusetts political leader, offer scholarships each academic year to students accepted into the program who have demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to public service, and financial need.  

Over fifty percent of the students who enter the program work either full-time or part-time to support themselves and often their families too. Becoming a Betty Taymor or Polly Logan Scholar often makes the difference in being able to attend and complete the program. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2,500.  Applications are no longer being accepted for this academic year. Both the Taymor and Logan scholarships are offered without preference or restriction based on sex or gender. 

For details on application procedures, please contact the assistant program director at 617.287.6785 or by email at

Paid Internships

From 2017-2021, paid internship grants of approximately $2800 each were available to GLPP students interning in nonprofit organizations thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. Although these grants are no longer available, the GLPP program continues to look for opportunities for paid internships for our students. Many of our GLPP internship sites also offer some type of internship stipend and our internship professor will have more information about these.  

Please email with any questions.

Student Housing and Cost of Living Considerations

For more information about student housing and cost of living, please see the on-campus and off-campus links below. 

On-Campus Living 

Office of Housing and Residential Life
Residence Hall East, 1st Floor
240 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617.287.6011

Off-Campus Living

Rental rates vary dramatically across Boston neighborhoods and surrounding areas. Depending on your lifestyle, family size, or willingness to have roommates, the cost of living in Boston may be higher or lower.  The mission of the office of Off-Campus Living is to assist current and prospective UMass Boston students in making informed decisions throughout the housing search process to locate and obtain quality affordable housing in the Boston area. 

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Suite 3300
Phone: 617.287.6373
Facebook: @umboffcampus
Instagram: @umboffcampus

Getting to Campus

UMass Boston is conveniently located at the UMass/JFK Library stop on the subway’s Red Line with free shuttle bus service to campus.

When planning a campus visit, please see the Getting Here page for details and updates.  The offices of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, where the GLPP program is based, are on the tenth floor of the Healey Library on the UMass Boston campus.  Please email or call 617.287.6785 to make an appointment if you plan to visit.