The Certificate In Public Policy Analysis provides students with a foundation in public policy analysis, development, and implementation. Students will develop analytical skills and gain a solid understanding of the basics of public policy development and implementation. This certificate will be of interest to those directly involved in policy analysis development or to those involved in policy decisions who want to increase their understanding of overall policy processes.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86 is required with a minimum score of 20 in each area, or a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area, or another approved test as outlined in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.
  • a four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • a letter of intent
  • three letters of reference

Certificate Requirements (9 credit units)

The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program and/or the courses can be applied to the completion of the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). Courses completed for one Graduate Certificate may not be used toward another certificate. This program is also offered online. Please visit for details.

The certificate program consists of one required three credit unit course, JSGS 806, JSGS 867, or JSGS 869 and two electives (6 credit units), as follows:

Required Course:

  • JSGS 806.3; or
  • JSGS 867.3; or
  • JSGS 869.3

6 credit units from the following:

  • JSGS 805.3 
  • JSGS 806.3
  • JSGS 807.3 
  • JSGS 818.3
  • JSGS 819.3 
  • JSGS 822.3 
  • JSGS 851.3
  • JSGS 863.3
  • JSGS 864.3 
  • JSGS 865.3
  • JSGS 867.3 
  • JSGS 869.3
  • Or another equivalent policy course as recommended and approved by the Graduate Chair.