Graduate Certificate in Policy Entrepreneurship and Advocacy

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This concentration is designed for students who are primarily interested in careers that involve developing and advocating for policy solutions in their particular areas of interest.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Program requirements

  • The Graduate Policy Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

View course descriptions.



Required courses

Students must complete the course below, for a total of 9 credit hours.

  • PUAD 5180: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5370: Public Discourse & the Policy Process (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5460: Political Advocacy (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete one elective courses from the list below, or select unlisted courses that have been approved in advance by the program director, for a total of three credit hours.

  • PUAD 5120: Nonprofits & Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5420: Law & Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • COMM 5282: Environmental Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COMM 5682: Political Communication (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 5206: Social Movements, Democracy & Global Politics (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 5914: Community Organizing & Community Development (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

Admission Requirements

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