Advanced Graduate Public Policy Certificate

Learn the factors in public decision-making and policy formulation by honing your analytical skills and increasing your theoretical and practical knowledge in the field. Students in the Public Policy Certificate program are able to evaluate competing demands and lead toward innovative and transformative public policy solutions. Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program.



About the Advanced Graduate Public Policy Certificate

Public Policy Course Schedule

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

Public Policy Faculty

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

Admission for the Advanced Graduate Public Policy Certificate

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 Public Policy Admission page.

Public Policy Tuition

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

Public Policy Registration Information

Our Public 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 Advanced Graduate Public Policy Certificate

Public Policy Required Courses

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

MPPA 407 Scope and Theory of Public Policy


Any three courses in the Public Policy Specialization of the MA in Public Policy & Administration program

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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