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Certificate on
Women & Public Policy

Despite the many legal, political and programmatic changes that have taken place over the past few decades, women continue to experience conflicting expectations about their roles, their status, and the legitimacy of their demands in the political process. Questions of gender are often entangled with issues such as race, class, sexuality, nationality and ethnicity. Players in the policy process - whether in political, bureaucratic, research or advocacy positions - require in-depth understanding of the complexity of these issues.

The Certificate on Women and Public Policy was introduced by a group of Women's Studies faculty in the early 1980s to respond to a critical need for analysts and practitioners in public affairs to understand public policy’s differential impacts on women. Today, we continue to offer a relevant and exciting certificate program that analyzes the intersections of gender, race, class, and nation; integrates interdisciplinary approaches; and focuses on achieving social justice in collaboration with community members and organizations.

The University at Albany’s Certificate Program on Women and Public Policy is well-suited for:

  1. Students enrolled in public policy-related graduate programs such as women's studies, criminal justice, education, health policy and management, political science, public administration, public policy, social work and sociology;
  2. Center for Women in Government fellows; and
  3. Practitioners, such as lobbyists, policy analysts, members of advocacy groups, community organizers, and administrators.

The Certificate can be taken as a separate program of study, or in conjunction with an existing graduate-level degree.  

Requirements for the Certificate

The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. There are two required core courses for all Certificate students:

  • Feminist Thought and Public Policy (WSS/EAPS 525/PUB 525Q/POS 525Q)
  • Inequality and Public Policy (WSS/PUB/PAD 604)

The remaining ten credit hours (minimum; usually 3 additional courses) can be satisfied by taking public policy-related courses in any field that suits the student’s interest, such as criminal justice or public health. For a list of possible courses, contact the co-directors. 

How to Apply

Applications to the Certificate program are accepted for fall and spring admission.  There are no formal course prerequisites for the Certificate on Women & Public Policy. 

Detailed application instructions can be found on our admissions page.

For More Information

Virginia Eubanks, Director