Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis – Online


With Oregon State’s online graduate certificate in public policy analysis, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of policy theory and design, social research methods, policy analysis and organizational leadership. The program will prepare you to conduct research and interpret qualitative and quantitative data. You’ll also learn how to present your findings, so you can become a leader of informed and impactful policy-making.

Curriculum details and certificate information are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Required courses (18 credits)

  • PPOL 507 – Professional Development Seminar (1)
  • PPOL 511 – Public Organizations and Leadership (4)
  • PPOL 512 – Public Policy Theory (4)
  • PPOL 521 – Understanding Social Research (4)
  • PPOL 554 – Public Policy through the Lens of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (1)
  • ECON 539 – Public Policy Analysis (4)

Additional program features 

The support you need to be successful

This graduate certificate features two important seminars that will better prepare you for a career in public policy and related fields. The Professional Development Seminar will give you job readiness training and offer support in preparing and refining your resumé. The Public Policy through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seminar will examine how the public service sector interacts with complex identities and social groups and highlight the unique challenges these groups often face due to the systems of power at work. You’ll be encouraged to share your own lived experiences and perspectives and learn from others as well. 



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