Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation

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Why a Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation at Penn State?

Social issues such as education, health care, and community and economic development, are ongoing challenges requiring governmental action. The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation is to provide you with a working knowledge of how to effectively analyze, recommend, and evaluate public policies.

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, delivered through Penn State World Campus, allows policy analysts who wish to advance their careers, or those who seek to make career changes, to complete the required course work in one year through the convenience of online courses.

Who Should Apply?

The primary goal of Penn State's online Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation is to prepare policy analysts and policy/program evaluation specialists to work on professional analytical tasks for governments and not-for-profit organizations. If you are interested in analyzing, shaping, and evaluating public policy, our program can help you start or advance your career as a policy analyst.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation is designed to educate you in multiple aspects of the policy analysis and evaluation profession, including:

  • general concepts in the policy analysis and evaluation literature
  • methods of decision making and planning
  • methods of policy and program evaluation
  • issues in a public policy area of your choice

The program can prepare you to work in government agencies, larger corporations in the public and private sectors, community organizations, or in a number of other areas such as tribal politics, charities, criminal justice, and academia.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.