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Certificate of Graduate Study

Women and Public Policy

Program of Study

Coursework includes:

  • Feminist Thought and Public Policy
  • Inequality and Public Policy
  • Citizen Participation and Public Policy

Certificate program requirements can be satisfied by taking public policy-related courses related to gender-based and/or other inequalities in any field that suits your interest, such as criminal justice, public health, sociology, or social welfare, subject to faculty advisor approval.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Jaclyn Napoleon at [email protected] or 518-442-5247, or [email protected].

Who Enrolls?

The certificate is popular among students earning advanced degrees in criminal justice, education, health policy and management, political science, public administration and policy, social work, sociology, and women’s studies.

Professional practitioners enrolled in the program are often employed as lobbyists, policy analysts, members of advocacy groups, community organizers, and nonprofit or government administrators.


Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: May 1

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts
All Schools Attended


Statement of Goals
The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals.

*One or two letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required for admission.