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MPA - Gender, Leadership & Public Policy Track

UMass Boston's new Master of Public Administration (MPA) track builds on the award-winning graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy (GLPP). Master's students spend their first year completing the GLPP certificate curriculum and their second year taking core MPA courses. 

The Master of Public Administration-Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy track (MPA-GLPP) is one of the few programs in the country that explores the intersectional influence of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in the context of the larger policy environment. While public policies are often thought of as gender-neutral, the impacts of government policies can and do affect women and men differently. The MPA-GLPP equips future leaders with the ability to view policy through an intersectional lens.

NEW! Beginning in fall 2019, students will have the option to complete the first year of the MPA program, the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate curriculum, online.  While the content will be the same as the on-campus program, the instructional design format will reflect the best pedagogical practices in online learning.  Please write to the Assistant Program Director, Muna Killingback, at muna.killingback@umb.edu for additional information about the online option, and to let us know that you will be selecting this option.  

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze policies through the intersecting lenses of gender, race, and class
  • Build critical technical, professional, analytical, managerial, and leadership skills
  • Study the interplay of gender and power in organizations.
  • Gain up-close, practical experience in a policy environment such as the Massachusetts State House, an advocacy nonprofit, or research think tank
  • Learn to optimize the effectiveness of public programs as well as international development projects

Degree Requirements

Students applying directly to the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy track of the MPA program will complete a year of full-time coursework as part of the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate program (15 credits). They will then complete the additional required coursework for the Master of Public Administration coursework over the course of one summer and one additional academic year (21 credits).

Information sessions are scheduled on a space-available basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. To request an appointment, please email your current resume and a brief statement of your interest in the program (a few sentences will suffice) to public.affairs@umb.edu.

Information Sessions

Offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. on a space available basis, please email your current résumé or CV and a brief statement of your interest in the program (a few sentences will suffice) to public.affairs@umb.edu to request an appointment.

Application Information

Application deadline:

April 15: priority consideration for fall admission

May 15: final deadline for U.S. and international students

Applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis

Applicants seeking a shorter program focused on policy development skills or those not yet ready to commit to a two-year master’s program can apply directly to the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate program.

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