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College of Health Sciences and Public Policy:
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

This certificate program helps students improve their ability to create and evaluate policies that engage citizens and contribute positively to society. Designed for public and nonprofit administrators who are intimately involved in both executive and legislative board policy and decision-making, the certificate can help students develop the foundational skills and knowledge required to create and assess the financial implications of forward-thinking policy.

Students must meet the master’s program admission requirements. Credit from courses taken for a certificate can be applied toward the Master of Public Administration or the MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Students must show progress and maintain performance in a manner identical to a degree program. Students track their progress in their program of study, similar to degree-seeking students. Students must receive a B or better in each course. Note: A grade of B– is not acceptable.

Certificate Requirements

  • 18 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Core courses (15 credits)


Foundation Course (3 credits)

Certificate Courses (15 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

MMPA 6116 - Foundations of Graduate Study

3 credits

MMPA 6380 - Policy and Politics in American Political Institutions

5 credits
Quarter 2

MMPA 6381 - Public Policy and Evaluation

5 credits

MMPA 6382 - Public Policy and Finance

5 credits