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Institute for Public Policy Studies


Institute for Public Policy Studies

Executive Certificate Program

Executive Certificate in Public Policy

The Executive Certificate in Public Policy has been developed due to demand from local community leaders and organizations interested in providing professional policy development opportunities for career development. The certificate program will provide students with a rigorous program in policy analysis, critical skills in research, writing and policy creation. The goal of the certificate program is to provide a basis of policy analysis and critical policy solution skills for today's professional.

These graduate-level classes provide more in-depth understanding and practice than you might gain from a seminar or similar graduate concentration program. These courses are the core of the Master of Public Policy curriculum, and may be applied as credit towards the MPP should you choose to pursue a full degree. The program is designed to ensure the applicability of the curriculum to the expectations of prospective employers.


All certificate programs consist of four graduate-level courses in our MPP program. You'll receive MPP-caliber instruction tailored to your specific interests and busy schedule.

The following courses are offered: 

  • PPOL 4100 - American Systems of Public Policy (4 cr)
  • PPOL 4400 - Analytical and Critical Skills (4 cr)
  • PPOL 4600 - Regulatory Policy (4 cr)
  • PPOL 4700 - Public Management and Budgeting (4 cr)
  • PPOL 4501/4502 - Great Issues Forum (2 cr)

The Executive Certificate in Public Policy requires the student to take four graduate level courses, or 16 credits. You may also customize a certificate to meet your specific needs. 

Please contact Debbie Gaylinn at to discuss course selection. 

Program Details

Program Start Dates

Programs can begin any quarter: Fall, Winter, and Spring.


Certificates are open to everyone who has obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have a proven academic record, a minimum of 5 years work experience is preferred, a professional resume, an personal statement of intent and unofficial copies of transcripts.


The GRE are not required for admission.

Class Schedule

Classes are held one evening per week, typically Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Classes meet for 10 week increments.


$1,258 per credit hour. Each class is 4 credit hours.

Financial Aid

Government student loans are not available for this program. Private education-based loans are available. Make sure to mention that the GBC program is “part time and non-degree seeking.” Many companies also offer tuition-reimbursement programs.