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.

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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Required Courses

(6 credit hours)


Elective Course Options

  • Students may select one of the Urban Planning course options as an elective course toward certificate completion.
  • 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following or another department-approved graduate course:



See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

Questions about  MPA Program?

Program and admission information
Derek Bixler, Graduate Program Coordinator

Issues submitting application
KU Graduate Studies

Internship & professional development
Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Programming Manager