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 public.affairs@umb.edu.

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 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.

Download the letter of recommendation form

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

Include your résumé or CV.

Interview

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 $60 for domestic students and $100 for international students.


Scholarships

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 women 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.

For details on application procedures, please contact the assistant program director at 617.287.6785 or by email at glpp@umb.edu.

Paid Internships

Beginning in fall 2017, paid internships in nonprofit organizations are available for the next three years thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. Ten graduate students in each cohort will be offered this unique opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience and receive a paid internship stipend of approximately $2800.

Email glpp@umb.edu for more info.

Student Housing and Cost of Living Considerations

Office of Student Housing (617.287.6011)
Local classified ads at boston.com

Construction of dormitories is underway for 2018 occupancy. Until then, UMass Boston provides housing referral assistance and has a partnership with several area apartment complexes.

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.

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