Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This certificate provides an understanding of the context in which public policies are formulated, implemented and evaluated. You will be trained in policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, multivariate regression, and other analytical techniques.

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 Public Policy Analysis Certificate requires 15 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

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Required courses

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

  • PUAD 5004: Economics & Public Finance (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5005: Policy Process & Democracy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5320: Public Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete two elective courses from the list below, or select unlisted courses that have been approved in advance by the program director, for a total of 6 credit hours.

  • PUAD 5200: Education Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5310: Principles of Policy Design (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5330: Intermediate Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5350: Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5631: Seminar in Environmental Politics & Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5720: Public Policies for Hazards & Disasters (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Required Credits for Completion:15 Credits

Admission Requirements

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