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Policy Analysis

Policy Analysis Certificate Program

Rigorous policy analysis is a highly sought after skill set in today's world of data-driven decision-making. The Policy Analysis certificate program will teach students how to analyze public policy and drive improved decision-making within the policy context. By using economic, statistical, and other quantitative analytic tools, students will learn how to model policy systems and behaviors within those systems, how to navigate and create incentive systems, and otherwise model key elements of policy systems. Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program.

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About the Policy Analysis Certificate Program

Policy Analysis Course Schedule

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

Policy Analysis Faculty

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

Admission for the Policy Analysis 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 our Policy Analysis Admission page.

Policy Analysis Tuition

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

Policy Analysis Registration Information

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

Gainful Employment in Policy Analysis

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment in Policy Analysis page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Policy Analysis Certificate Program

Policy Analysis Required Courses

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

  • MPPA 404 Microeconomics for Public Policy and Administration
  • MPPA 405 Statistics for Research
  • MPPA 406 Analytic Methods for Public Policy Analysis
  • MPPA 407 Scope and 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.

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