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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 GADocs@umb.edu 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.
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.
Don't forget the application fee of $75.