More Voices, More Solutions

The Center on Domestic Violence Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) offers an array of academic programs that prepare current and future leaders to be catalysts for change in the nonprofit and public sectors.


Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) 

The PGV offers a unique and challenging curriculum designed to develop and support strong leaders who are dedicated to bringing an end to violence in our culture. 

Our program blends public policy, organizational management, social justice work and gender-based violence education in a powerful and dynamic way.

Whether you are a student preparing for work in the gender-based violence field or a committed advocate who is interested in broadening your opportunities through education, our interdisciplinary approach will expand your understanding of gender-based violence as you explore innovative and reliable solutions.


Programs of Study 

The PGV fulfills a nationally-recognized imperative to educate individuals in a broad range of disciplines to expertly respond to survivors of gender-based violence and work toward social justice in communities. Individuals are trained to step into formal and informal leadership roles in the movement to end violence in our culture.

Our program fuses education in gender-based violence with:

  • Public Policy
  • Organizational Management
  • Criminal Legal and
  • Social Justice Work

Students are uniquely prepared to make a real difference – to advocate for change and to be a critical link to the well-being and safety of survivors.

Through innovative and quality education, the PGV creates: 

  • Well-trained, transformative leaders and managers for nonprofit and public sector organizations who work to end gender-based violence.
  • Effective, evidence based intervention and prevention programs that provide more options in service provision, reduced staff turnover and serve as better agents for change in their communities.
  • Enhanced policy making, advocacy and leadership across the nation and the world.


Degree Concentrations

Masters Programs

The PGV is offered as a concentration within two masters degree programs offered by the School of Public Affairs:  

  • The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) 
  • The Masters of Criminal Justice (MCJ)  

These master’s degree programs combine eight online courses (or traditional in-classroom courses for Colorado residents) with four required gender-based PGV courses. 

Explore Our Concentrations

Doctoral Degree

The School of Public Affairs offers a doctoral degree in Public Affairs. Doctoral students may choose to focus their studies and dissertation in gender-based violence. This option should be discussed with the Director of the PhD program or the Director of the Center on Domestic Violence.  

Explore Our PhD Program

Certificate Programs

Earn your graduate-level certification independent of a degree program. Certificate classes feature nationally-renowned speakers and unique opportunities for networking and discussion with peers and subject matter experts.  

We offer two certificates: 

  • Certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies
    Ideal for advocates and professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge, gain expertise and build critical skills in the domestic and sexual violence field. 
  • Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care
    Designed to produce knowledgeable health practitioners skilled in meeting the needs of patients experiencing gender-based violence. 

Learn More About Our Certificate Programs

In addition to the required Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) courses, all PGV students are included in the unique cohort experience.