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.

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 on 8 1/2 x 11 plain paper; please include your name on each sheet.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcript from every college and university attended (including evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing)

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from persons who can address your academic ability

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

Application fee

Don't forget the application fee of $60 for domestic students and $100 for international students


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

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 for more info.

Student Housing and Cost of Living Considerations

Office of Student Housing (617.287.6011)
Local classified ads at

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.