Global Policy Certificate Program

Learn key issues addressed by global policy, such as development goals, the environment, financial regulation, nuclear proliferation, democratization and state-building. Students in the Global Policy certificate program will build the tools, training and knowledge necessary to lead policy development in an increasingly interdependent world while engaging various governments, private industries, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program.



About the Global Policy Certificate Program

Global Policy Course Schedule

The Global Policy Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Global Policy Faculty

You can find a full listing of our instructors in this certificate program on the Global Policy Faculty page.

Admission for the Global Policy Certificate Program

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A competitive graduate record that indicates strong academic ability is required, though applicants need not have extensive academic experience in public policy. Work experience in the public sector is desirable but not necessary.

A list of admission requirements can be found on the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Admission page.

Global Policy Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Global Policy Tuition page.

Global Policy Registration Information

Our Global Policy Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Find out more about Northwestern's Global Policy Certificate Program

Global Policy Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses:


  • any three courses in the Global Policy Specialization plus MPPA 407 Scope & Theory of Public Policy

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

This certificate program can be completed on campus or online, or a combination of both.

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