Public Policy Certificate — Online

  • Programs Offered

    • Certificate
  • Delivery Options

    • Online

    • On-Campus
    • Accelerated
  • Credits

    • 9 credits
  • Timeline

    • One–three semesters

Feasible Solutions to Real World Problems

Be involved by identifying public policy issues and conduct professional analyses of social, political, and economic structures and bureaucratic processes. Analyze and evaluate government policies through measures of efficiency, equity, and adequacy. With an online graduate certificate in public policy, you can diagnose problems and develop feasible solutions to "real world" problems. 

Who is This Certificate For?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What You Need to Know

The online graduate certificate in Public Policy program prepares students with a fundamental knowledge in the three key competency areas within the public policy discipline that are expected for all professionals in the field namely policy analysis, policy process, and public management. 


To enroll in this certificate program, students can have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. See complete admissions requirements.

Accelerated Option

Michigan Tech Bachelor's + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

Current Michigan Tech undergraduates or recent alumni, get started right away. Our accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor's degree in as little as one semester. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree. Explore accelerated certificate options.


This graduate certificate requires a minimum of 9 total credits. Students may apply the credits earned for this certificate toward a graduate degree at Michigan Tech.


Graduate Director

Adam Wellstead

Graduate Assistant

Kathryn Hannum


Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.