Credits required
20 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 20 quarter credits are equal to 13.33 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$571 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 Rural Policy – Online


Meet the growing demand for professionals in rural areas who can lead organizations in identifying, prioritizing and solving the unique challenges within the rapidly changing landscape of rural communities.

Oregon State’s Graduate Certificate in Rural Policy is ideal for early and mid-career professionals who need additional evidence of expertise and continuing education. This program connects professionals from diverse communities and organizations across counties, states and the country – providing you with opportunities to share solutions to common challenges and network for your career advancement.

Job market outlook

Make a well-informed decision on which degree to pursue online by using the following live job market information from public and private data sources.

Employers want rural policy experts

A 2016 survey of local government and nonprofit employers (many of whom are rural) indicates that there is strong support for graduate training in public policy. Rural policy was the most commonly cited area of emphasis preferred by these organizations, with 64% of respondents saying it would be useful for their employees.


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