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Graduate Concentration in Gender-Based Violence

The graduate concentration in Gender-Based Violence incorporates the coursework of the Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV). The only graduate program of its kind in the country, the PGV fulfills a nationally recognized need to develop visionary and effective leaders dedicated to ending interpersonal violence through innovation, collaboration, research and social change. It is designed to address the needs of people in human service and criminal justice organizations that serve and advocate for victims of abuse and those who wish to enter the field, including new college graduates and professionals looking for a career change. This program is distinctive in its design and exceptional in its connection and commitment to the advocacy community.  

The PGV applies an interdisciplinary approach to education that provides students with the ability to:

  • Lead and manage public, non-profit, and community-based organizations focused on interpersonal violence;
  • Analyze, synthesize and think critically about the nature, scope and root causes of interpersonal violence;
  • Engage diverse individuals, systems and communities to address interpersonal violence;​
  • Advocate for public policies and practices that effectively address interpersonal violence.

The degree plan for this concentration within the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degrees requires a total of 36 credit hours of study that includes six MPA or MCJ core courses, four PGV courses, an elective, and a capstone.  The PGV courses combine online learning with a total of five, week-long intensive courses in Denver over two years.

Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Gender-Based Violence within a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program must apply and enroll in the MPA or MCJ program within the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and must adhere to all master degree program requirements. In concert with the application process, applicants are asked to have an informational meeting with the program director to discuss the unique nature of the concentration’s content, cohort structure, and scheduling.

The PGV also offers a Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence Studies and Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care for individuals not interested in a degree program.

Degree Plan, MPA

Degree Plan, MCJ

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