Public Policy Certificate

Public policy shapes the behavior of individuals, organizations, and corporations and affects almost every aspect of society.

The ability to develop “good” public policy requires both a strong analytical base and political astuteness.

The required courses in the certificate establish a contextual and analytical foundation, equipping students with the ability to both prospectively assess and retrospectively evaluate public initiatives.

Electives enable additional exploration of particular policy areas.


  • The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours. 
  • Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Faculty Director. 
  • Students pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count toward both certificates.

Required Courses

(6 credit hours)

  • PUAD 853 Policy Analysis
  • PUAD 863 Program Evaluation

Required Elective Courses

(6 credit hours)

  • The 2 elective courses must be selected from the following:
    • PUAD 825 Urban Policy and Administration
    • PUAD 849 Law, Courts, and Public Policy
    • UBPL 710 Housing Policy & Planning
    • or UBPL 720 Sustainable Land Use Policy & Planning
    • or UBPL 750 Transportation Policy & Planning
    • or UBPL 764 Real Estate Development and Housing Policy

Students may select one of the Urban Planning course options as an elective course toward certificate completion.


See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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Program Details/Application Process
Cari Ann Kreienhop, MPA Program Manager