GLPP Courses & Degree Requirements

The Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy (GLPP) academic program focuses on political structures and processes, the effects of public policies on women, women’s influence in politics, and the formulation and implementation of public policy. The role of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in politics and policymaking is central to the program’s design, goals, and curriculum.

Courses take place either online, on-campus, or remotely over zoom. Students are generally admitted in September and take the six required courses as a cohort over two semesters. Spring admissions are occasionally permitted with approval. Part-time options are available for those with special circumstances; please speak with the Assistant Program Director to set up a plan.  The GLPP graduate certificate curriculum is also the first year curriculum for the Master of Public Administration-GLPP track program*. 

Which is Right for You?

On-Campus - These courses are a traditional option with in-person meetings and scheduled class times. They allow you to study with students across specialty fields to expand your network and grow your interests. (The new Beacon Flex option also enables on-campus students to attend classes remotely.)

Remote - Remote courses meet online at at a certain dates/times with required attendance, thus affording students the opportunity to experience an in-class structure with access from anywhere. (The new Beacon Flex option also enables on-campus students to attend classes remotely.)

Online - Online courses allow students to work on their own time and schedules, although some optional, synchronous Zoom sessions may sometimes be offered for those who can attend.

Core Seminars  

PUBADM 623 Women in American Politics and Policymaking (Offered online in fall semester, on-campus/Beacon Flex in spring)

Students are active participants in exploring the many dimensions of politics in the United States, how women have organized to have a greater role in politics, and the skills women need to fully participate in politics and policymaking. Students examine how politics and government affect American women’s lives today, and assess the ways that women participate in the political process in order to influence the course of public policy. Reading and class discussions on the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender in politics are central to the theoretical perspectives that provide the foundation of this course. 

PUBADM 619 Contemporary American Public Policy Issues (Offered on-campus fall semester, online in spring)

Students examine the formulation, implementation, and impact of public policy as well as the values and principles that influence political debates in the United States. In addition to learning the essentials of public policy formation and analysis, students will actively negotiate the complexity of policy making in action through assignments designed to develop key skills. The course focuses on several major domestic policy areas with emphases on health care, economic security, and social welfare.

PUBADM 628 Research Methods for Policy Analysis (Offered on-campus fall semester, online in spring)

This class provides a survey of research methods and the use of evidence to build persuasive arguments. The course is divided into three sections: (1) quantitative methods; (2) qualitative methods; and (3) community-based participatory action research, providing an overview of each group of research methods. Throughout all three sections, the course will include feminist research methods and scholarly work. Each section of the course culminates in the submission of a policy brief on a topic of the student’s choosing. Each policy brief will highlight the research methods from that portion of the course.

Leadership Development  

PUBADM 629 Leadership and Organizations: Gender, Power, and Authority (Offered online fall semester, on-campus/Beacon Flex in spring)

This course offers students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of authority, leadership, and organizational dynamics, and to learn about their own behavior in groups. We will unpack terms such as authority, power, leadership, boundaries, role, and task to deepen students’ understanding of their own experiences in groups, organizations, and communities. The impact of social identity (gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, etc.) on how roles are taken up or allowed to be taken up in groups and organizations will also be explored.

Public Policy Internships  

PUBADM 622 Fall Internship, PUBADM 624 Spring Internship* (Offered online in fall and spring with some possible, optional on-campus sessions)

The GLPP internship program is designed to provide students with substantive experience in the field of politics and public policy. Students receive faculty guidance through the internship selection process and are expected to secure an internship by the end of the semester. Students may begin their internship in the fall or spring semester, and are expected to complete up to160 internship hours during the course of the academic year. Monthly internship class meetings and a final reflective assignment emphasize professional and leadership development. 

The second semester of GLPP’s internship program provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply knowledge from GLPP core seminars to the experiential learning at the internship setting. It also allows for learnings in the field to inform and complement GLPP coursework. Monthly meetings explore themes of leadership, organizational and institutional analysis, career trajectories, and self-evaluation/professional development. Written assignments and oral presentations are required in this course in addition to the completion of internship hours. The course culminates in final presentations to the cohort and program faculty about the internship experience.

The fall internship course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis and students receive a letter grade for the spring internship course. 

Learn more about the variety of our internship placements.

*MPA-GLPP track students who are established in and satisfied with their careers may opt to take one approved elective instead of the two-semester internship course sequence, but they would not then receive the GLPP certificate in addition to their MPA degree. 

Not ready to apply yet? Consider trying out a GLPP course this fall! If you have a Bachelor's or advanced degree, you can enroll in a GLPP course (see offerings below).  If you are later accepted into the program, and you have earned a grade of B or better, the course credit will be applied to your graduate certificate or Master of Public Administration degree. For more information, please see the Guest Student page and complete the Graduate Student Application.

Continue Your Study to Earn an MPA in One Additional Year

GLPP graduate certificate students also have the opportunity to apply for and earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA)-GLPP track in one additional year.