Public Policy Analysis, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Program Director
Christopher Bosso, PhD,

Graduate Program Administrator
Jennifer Mocarski,

CSSH Graduate General Regulations

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis seeks to provide current Northeastern students in a variety of graduate programs outside of the Master of Public Policy program with the tools necessary to analyze and to shape public policy at the local, state, and national levels. Students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the political and legal processes of policymaking, develop skills central to conducting research on policy questions, and learn techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of competing policies.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose grade-point average (GPA) falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

General Requirements 

LPSC 6313Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning3
or PPUA 6502 Economic Institutions and Analysis
LPSC 7311Strategizing Public Policy3
or PPUA 6506 Techniques of Policy Analysis
Methodology and Evaluation
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods3
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
PPUA 6509Techniques of Program Evaluation3
or PPUA 6205 Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required