Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women in Politics

Why earn a certificate in campaigns?

TWU students participating in Running Start's Elect Her event on the Denton campus.
TWU students at Running Start's 2019 Elect Her event on the Denton campus.

In Texas, there are more than 19,000 local, state and national elected officeholders running every election cycle. Candidates for those offices hire hundreds of staff to help manage their campaigns. Earning a certificate from TWU can help you turn your passion for political activism into a profession.

The growing state population is creating more competitive districts, with both parties fielding qualified candidates and funding campaigns. Beyond more openings for women to run for office, there is also an increase in jobs for those with skills in campaign management, field organization, communications, fundraising and more. This certificate will provide you with the theoretical and practical training necessary to run for office, organize campaigns, or work for an advocacy group.

The benefits

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women in Politics is a collaboration between the Department of History & Political Science and the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, as part of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership at TWU. As a student in the program, you will work with faculty and mentors, participating in research and earning the practical skills needed for campaigns and advocacy. Our certificate offers numerous benefits, including:

Comprehensive background knowledge

Classes will explore current research on the challenges faced by women candidates and by political campaigns. You will also be introduced to messaging, precinct analysis, direct mail and fundraising strategies.

Access to experts

The program features online sessions with top political consultants who will share advice, answer questions and offer feedback on your campaign plan and fundraising pitch.

Exclusive workshops and events

As a student in our certificate program, you will be given free access to TWU workshops that prepare women to run for office, manage races and direct advocacy initiatives. These events may include access to training like Running Start’s Elect Her program.

Flexible, accessible learning

Our certificate program can be completed online, with local internship opportunities and remote attendance options at events.

Program details

Admission requirements

Admission to the History & Political Science Graduate Programs

Program Contact

Jacob Blosser, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

No fixed deadlines - Rolling admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Applicant’s overall record should clearly reflect the ability to pursue advanced study, conduct research, and write effectively in the field selected.
  • Documentation of a strong preparation in the liberal arts.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 on last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • A minimum of 12 semester credit hours of upper-division undergraduate or graduate work in the major field.

Applicants who do not meet the above prerequisites at the time of application may, under exceptional circumstances, be recommended for provisional admission by the department.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate files in ONE email to with the subject line "(Full Name) - Graduate Application". Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Writing sample
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Name and contact information for three references

Questions? Contact us

For more information, please see our certificate information page or contact us at:

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Phone: 940-304-5600

TWU Department of History & Political Science

Phone: 940.898.2133

About the program

This certificate program is a joint project between the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy and the Department of History & Political Science. 

The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions in public service. The center’s goal is to become a destination for young women who desire to dedicate their professional careers to public service, advocacy and leadership. The center plans to educate women to pursue leadership positions through participation in civic organizations, non-profit board memberships and elected office.

The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy is part of TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. The JNIWL is dedicated to preparing women to take on successful roles in business and public service to ensure women have the education to establish careers as successful C-suite executives, the skills for building entrepreneurial businesses and the framework needed to run for public office.

TWU’s Department of History & Political Science emphasizes interdisciplinary connections, global perspectives and multicultural experiences to help students develop a deep understanding and appreciation of political science. From empowering women in politics and leadership roles to displaying students’ voices, the department provides students the foundation to succeed in their future educational and professional endeavors.

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