Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy

Format: On Campus

The Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy provides students with a basic understanding of government agencies, social services, and the policy making process. The certificate is a valuable educational and professional credential for workers in the public and non-profit sectors, and for students interested in government, interest groups and political decision-making.

Students gain insight into the structure of government, organizational theory and behavior, the major problems facing American cities and the policies designed to address them. The program enables students to develop and enhance advanced analytic, research, writing and presentation skills.

Career and Academic Prospects

The certificate is ideal for workers in the public sector, or non-profit advocacy groups, who wish to acquire a better understanding of government agencies. The certificate provides a basic academic foundation for students interested in careers as policy makers and analysts, researchers and planning specialists, or journalists. In addition, students who complete the certificate program may be able to apply the earned credits to the BA in Urban Studies and Community Studies. Credits may also be applied to other degree programs within CUNY; however, students should contact these other colleges prior to enrolling in the certificate program to ensure transferability of credits.

The program is offered through CUNY SPS’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to undergraduate level certificate programs must possess a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from New York State (also known as TASC or GED). Applicants are also required to write a personal statement.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2018 are due by December 18, 2017

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