The Department of Public Administration has partnered with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program to offer a combined MPA with a Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS). This combined program will provide a unique opportunity to MPA students who are interested in pursuing careers in organizations designed to promote gender equality and eliminate gender-based oppression.
The combined Masters/Certificate Program will require students to take 39 credits (instead of the 36 credits required for the MPA degree), if the MPA student qualifies for an internship waiver. If MPA 8010 is not waived, the combined MPA/GWS Certificate Program will require 42 credits.
- Provide students with the practical knowledge for the establishment and advancement of non-profit organizations, particularly those related to gender.
- Educate students to become knowledgeable administrators and leaders in promoting gender equality, by giving them analytic and practical tools to navigate a shifting landscape of gender and sexuality in a globally diverse, media-saturated world.
Admission and Completion Requirements
Applicants must be evaluated and accepted by both the Public Administration Department for its Masters program and the GWS program for its GWS Certificate program. The same admission standards that apply for the MPA will apply for students in the MPA/GWS Certificate program.
Total Credits: 39 to 42 (MPA 27-30 credits, depending on the internship + GWS 12 credits)
MPA: 27-30 credits:
- MPA 8011
- MPA 8021
- MPA 8031
- MPA 8041
- MPA 8051
- MPA 8061
- 3 electives
- MPA 8010 (if needed)
The remaining nine credits required for the MPA are fulfilled by three GWS courses.
GWS Certificate: 12 credits
- GWS 8000: Critical Perspectives on Gender
- 3 electives
The remaining 3 credits required for the GWS certificate are fulfilled by one MPA course.
For more information about the joint degree and certificate program, please contact Dr. Catherine Wilson, Department Chair of Public Administration and MPA Program Director.