Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women in Politics

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

It’s a new era in the world of politics. Are you ready to make history?

We’ll prepare you for a career in campaigns in as little as two semesters and less than $5,500.*

Our online certificate in women in politics will help you turn your passion for political activism into a profession. We’ll provide you with the training necessary to:

  • Run for office
  • Organize campaigns
  • Work for an advocacy group
  • Provide consulting, budgeting and fundraising services

In Texas, there are more than 19,000 candidates running every election cycle. Candidates for those offices hire hundreds of staff to help manage their campaigns. Our growing state population is also 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.

Our certificate isn’t just for women, either. Change happens when everyone participates, and men are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Individual requirements and costs may vary. Our program is two classes per semester, for two 16-week semesters. Our costs have been calculated for Texas residents and are subject to change for the 2021–22 academic year. Visit our financial aid page to learn about scholarship options available to you.

Jamie Wright

“Through the program, I’ve had the honor of learning from high-profile women in politics, and I have learned a tremendous amount about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and have gained a huge amount of respect for the process. It also is providing an opportunity to use my lived experiences to help shape domestic and intimate partner policy and legislation.”

Jamie R. Wright, May 2022 Graduate

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 Government, as part of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at TWU.

  • 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.
  • Hands-on internship opportunities: Our spring semester internship program will allow you to gain real-world experience, help a candidate or issue succeed, build your resume and network with professionals in your field.
  • 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.

Attend an Info Session

Join us at an online info session to learn more about the Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women in Politics and how TWU prepares you for a career in political campaigns on:

April 12 | 12-1 p.m.

Watch our virtual info session

Program details

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.

Photo from 2019 Elect Her event

You will complete:

  • Two online classes in the fall semester
  • One online class in the spring
  • One internship in the spring
  • A capstone assessment comprised of a sample campaign plan and elevator pitch

You will learn how to:

  • Target and mobilize voters
  • Design direct mail and advertising campaigns
  • Budget and fundraise
  • Analyze and address gender gaps and social dynamics impacting voter participation
  • Combat potential media bias in campaigns and candidate coverage

Visit the graduate catalog to view the certificate’s full plan of study. For an overview of courses scheduled across the department, see the History and Political Science course rotation.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women in Politics

Program Contact

Jennifer Danley-Scott, PhD
940-898-4576
jdanleyscott@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

April 30

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 on last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • Applicant's overall record should clearly reflect the ability to pursue advanced study and write effectively.
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the application:
    • Writing sample
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Email addresses for three individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can provide letters of recommendation to be requested through and submitted into the application.

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.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: https://twu.edu/alumni-advantage/. If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Questions? Contact us

For more information, contact us by phone at 940-898-4571 or email at cwg@twu.edu.

About the program

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

The Center for Women in Government 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 Government 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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