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Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

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 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 statistical or micro-economic analysis.

Required Courses
PUB_AF 8170Public Policy Processes and Strategies3
PUB_AF 8430Public Policy Analysis *3
Elective 1 - policy relevant (chosen in consultation with certificate coordinator)3
Elective 2 - policy relevant (chosen in consultation with certificate coordinator)3
Total Credits12

Requires PUB_AF 8180 as a prerequisite.  This course cannot be used to fulfill one of the electives requirements.


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

Email truman@missouri.edu