Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
101 Middlebush Hall

The public policy specialization offers students a strong foundation in the skills necessary to work effectively in the policy environment. Students in the public policy specialization learn theories of the policy process, quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze policy, and program evaluation. Students also have the opportunity to gain expertise in specific policy areas including education policy, environmental policy, health policy, social policy, and regional development policy.


Students do not need to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at MU to participate in the program. Some prerequisite courses may be necessary for students without prior coursework in statistical or micro-economic analysis.

Plan of Study

Students must complete 12 credit hours to receive the certificate.

Required Courses
PUB_AF 8170Public Policy Processes and Strategies3
PUB_AF 8430Public Policy Analysis3
  • (PUB_AF 8430 requires PUB_AF 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs and PUB_AF 8181 Research Methods II as prerequisites, or equivalent. These courses may not be used as the additional courses for the certificate.)

Elective Course

The third and fourth courses are policy relevant electives chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator from among the courses offered by the Truman School or by another graduate department at MU.

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