Techniques for Public Policy
This certificate will provide you with a tool kit of common evaluative, analytical and statistical techniques used by professionals working in public administration, government, the nonprofit sector and other areas of public service. Designed for those who regularly need to evaluate programs or understand program data.
Public Service and Positive Change
Working effectively with data is a critical part of any public or nonprofit team member’s job. Learn how to use data to understand where your organization has been and where it needs to go. You will be better equipped to manage your organization into the future.
The graduate certificate is designed to give current professionals an opportunity to further develop their skills in data analysis, statistical techniques and financial methods. Courses have a generalist focus, designed to prepare you with a strong theoretical background as well as practical skills. We strive to provide a quality education that is flexible and meets weekly in the late afternoon or evenings to meet your busy schedule.
Degrees & Offerings
Techniques for Public PolicyCertificate
This 12-credit, four graduate-course certificate can be completed in less than two years when taking one class per semester and can be completely embedded into the master's program in public administration.
- Completed application
- $35 application fee
- Official transcripts*
- Letters of recommendation*
- Admission test scores*
- Statement of purpose
*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to the current graduate catalog at catalog.usd.edu. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.
Departments & Facilities
Whether you are interested in a career in government and politics, law, the criminal justice system, international relations or a related field, the real-world experiences and connections you find in the Department of Political Science will help you get there.