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Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

The graduate certificate in public policy offers students a strong foundation in the skills necessary to work effectively in the policy environment. Students will 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 must complete 12 credit hours to receive the certificate.

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 statistics. The graduate certificate in public policy can be completed 100% online.

Required Courses
PUB_AF 8170Public Policy Processes and Strategies3
PUB_AF 7430Public Policy Analysis3
PUB_AF 8420Public Program Evaluation3
or PUB_AF 7420 Program Assessment and Improvement
Elective 1 - policy relevant (chosen in consultation with certificate coordinator)3
Total Credits12


Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs
615 Locust Street

Email truman@missouri.edu