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Certificate of Graduate Study

Women and Public Policy

Program of Study


Choose two of the following core seminars:

  • Feminist Thought and Public Policy
  • Feminist Theory
  • Inequality and Public Policy
  • Citizen Participation
  • Women's Leadership
  • Social Policy and Social Welfare


Choose one graduate course in each of the following areas:

  • Public policy issues and their impact on women
  • Skills effecting the public policy making process
  • Public policy reasoning 

This certificate program can be completed as a standalone credential, but is typically earned as part of the master's program in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, or as an additional qualification for graduate students in areas such as criminal justice, education, political science, public administration, social work, and sociology.


The University's location in the Capital Region enables you to connect with diverse community organizations, nonprofit groups, and human and social service agencies that are directly impacted by public policy, as well as with policy makers in the state legislature.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact certificate co-director Virginia Eubanks at [email protected].

Career Outcomes

The women and public policy certificate program provides an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in social work or law.

It also prepares you for administrative jobs in fields such as:

  • Community organizing
  • Nonprofit management
  • Lobbying
  • Civil rights advocacy
  • Social justice activism
  • Women's health services

A group of women from A Handmaid's Tale in front of the U.S. Capitol building


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.