Public Policy Leadership – Online Graduate Microcredential

Become a policy leader in today's evolving public landscape 

Our world is shaped by the policies that govern us. Whether you’re interested in the environment, housing, energy or another sector entirely, creating meaningful change takes strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of the theories and frameworks that shape policy.

When you complete a graduate-level microcredential in public policy leadership online from Oregon State University, you’ll gain a historical overview of the theories that shape public organizations, including various influential models of bureaucracy. You’ll learn how to effectively identify key issues, analyze their effects from various angles and be able to apply an equity lens to your work.

Additionally, you’ll develop your own authentic leadership style and be better prepared to lead change in the public sector.


Required Courses (9 credits)


The in-demand skills you’ll develop as a student in this public policy leadership microcredential will give you what you need to stand out and level up in your career.

  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Policy implementation
  • Leadership

Before you apply

Please contact Professor Brent Steel ( to learn more about the microcredential requirements and enrollment process. 

Start working toward a graduate certificate or master's degree

Once you complete a microcredential in public policy leadership, you can apply the 9 credits you earn directly toward Oregon State’s online graduate certificate in public policy analysis and/or Oregon State's online Master's in Public Policy degree


If you plan to apply these credits toward either program, we encourage you to first contact the program to learn about the requirements. Please note that acceptance into a microcredential does not guarantee acceptance into a graduate certificate or degree program.


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