Certificate in Policy Analysis
This program seeks to provide the analytic skills needed by professionals from many academic backgrounds who are required to do or understand policy analysis and program planning in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Even managers who do not do research themselves must understand the work of others if they are to make informed decisions based on the information provided in research reports.
Take four of the following courses:
POLS 500 Research Methods - 3 credits
**NOTE: Prerequisite for POLS 500 is an appropriate statistics course.
POLS 501 Political and Public Policy Analysis - 3 credits
**NOTE: Prerequisite for POLS 501 is POLS 500.
- POLS 502 Seminar: Problems in State & Local Government - 3 credits
- POLS 508 Legislative and Executive Processes - 3 credits
- POLS 532 Public Policy - 3 credits
- POLS 537 Program Evaluation - 3 credits
Certificate programs are offered for those who do not want to make an initial commitment to a master’s degree program, but courses taken may be applied to an MPA if a student decides to pursue the degree. Completing a certificate does not guarantee admission into the full MPA degree program.
Requirements for admissions include:
- A four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized college of university.
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate work (based on a A = 4.00).
The courses are designed to complement each other with minimal overlap or repetition of information. They are non-linear, so individuals can begin the coursework in any semester.
All courses are offered in a hybrid format. Each class has a group of local students, attending on-site at UND, and also has distance students who enter the classroom remotely from any location. This technology allows synchronous (“real-time”) delivery of the program to students in any location, as long as they have access to the required equipment.
All students (whether receiving instruction on-site or online) are required to attend the “live” class. To accommodate working professionals, almost all MPA courses are offered in the evening (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.).
Online students will connect to the class meetings through Adobe Connect. For more information or for technical support with Adobe Connect contact the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.