Women, Leadership & Social Change Concentration

From a feminist perspective, understand how policy is made and applied and how changes in societies' values and priorities affect policy.

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The constantly changing nature of public policy provides an opportunity to study the role that interest groups, government leaders, the media and others play in framing policy debates that affect women. In this concentration, focus on a particular policy area and/or look at that area from a comparative perspective.

The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary graduate program in women's and gender studies provides you with a solid academic foundation to pursue their unique goals. As the only applied master's program in women's and gender studies in Maryland and the only master's program in the field in Baltimore, the program emphasizes applied research methods and skills, preparing you for careers in a variety of public and private organizations both national and international, profit and nonprofit.

You need not wait until graduation to apply your knowledge. Research and internship opportunities are available in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and the surrounding region. If you seek workplace experience but cannot devote the time for a full internship, consider the field experience, a 3-unit internship. After completing the required core course work in theory, diversity, and applied research methods and skills, you work closely with an adviser to design your degree program. View the admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.


  • Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you a real opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.
  • The beautiful 322-acre campus is in close proximity to nation’s leading policymakers and institutions and agencies that promote equality and diversity. 
  • The master’s program offers graduate students the opportunity to travel to professional conferences to present papers. A limited number of travel grants are available each academic year.