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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 Policy

  Vermillion Main Campus

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.

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Graduate Admissions

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For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to USD Graduate Catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

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Political Science

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.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know faculty and staff in the Department of Political Science. Our faculty are experts in their fields, contributing research and scholarship in American government, criminology, victimology, international human rights, gender politics, race/ethnicity in politics, comparative political economy, international law and more. They bring practical experience in government, law and the private sector to the classroom.
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David Earnest

Chair, Political Science
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Jenna Borseth

Assistant Professor
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April Carrillo

Assistant Professor
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Ilmira Dulyanova

Dir. Online Grad Prog & Coord.
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Matthew Fairholm

Professor/Coord, Grad Programs
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Jacqueline Faulhaber

Senior Lecturer/Adviser
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Ed Gerrish

Coordinator, MPA/Associate Professor
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Julia Hellwege

Associate Professor
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Joshua Houy

Senior Lecturer
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Eric Jepsen

Professor/Coord Ungrad Study
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Sandy McKeown

Coord, Criminal Justice
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Thomas Mrozla

Assistant Professor
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Shane Nordyke

Coordinator, Chiesman Center
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Timothy Schorn

Assoc Prof/Coord Int'l Studies
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Network with Peers in the Region and Across the Nation

Take advantage of new opportunities to network with peers and to become better equipped to evaluate programs and become a strong leader to manage your organization into the future. You can expand your resources and professional qualifications to provide an avenue toward a more rewarding career with options to boost your earning potential.

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