The Hobby School of Public Affairs and the Master of Public Administration Program offers a joint graduate certificate in public policy. The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Public Administration is meant to provide an overview of both public policy and public administration.
Graduate certificates are an excellent way for students to earn additional academic credentials and relevant training in a shorter period of time compared to a full master’s degree. These graduate certificates require four approved courses that can also be counted towards either the Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Administration degree if students later apply and join one of these programs.
Applicants must complete a UH Graduate School application and provide official transcripts of all college-level coursework with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, current resume, and a statement of purpose.
The GRE is not required when applying for admission to the graduate certificate programs.
The graduate certificate programs have a $25 application fee.
Credit hours required for this certificate: 12.0
The coursework required for the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Public Administration includes:
In addition to the specific courses that are listed, students can petition the MPA program to include other courses. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will require the consent of the Director of MPA Program and the applicable department where the course is offered.
The graduate certificate will only be awarded to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA for classes taken towards completion of the program.
Students that complete the graduate certificate can also apply to the MPA program. If accepted into the MPA program, these courses will then be counted towards the MPA.