Jul 15, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025 
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025

Public Policy Research and Analysis, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Research and Analysis provides students with a strong grounding in the processes through which public policies are designed, passed, implemented, and evaluated in conjunction with the training in quantitative and analytic skills necessary to carry out applied public policy research and analysis. The program requires the completion of 15 credit hours.  The certificate must be completed within four years of admission, and students may apply credits earned towards a graduate degree program in conjunction with or after the certificate has been awarded.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Research and Analysis:

  • A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree (or its equivalent) from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework attempted
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all prior coursework completed beyond secondary school (high school)
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IIELTS), if English is not the student’s native language and if they have not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. or English-speaking institution
  • An online application for the program through the Graduate School’s application system

Recommended qualifications include:

  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores showing strong proficiency in math and verbal aptitude
  • Completion of one or more social science statistics or econometrics courses prior to entering the program

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Total = 15 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all certificate coursework, with no more than one grade of C among courses that apply towards the certificate.