Why earn a policy analysis certificate at UND?

Graduate Application Deadlines
May 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15* | Dec. 1
March 15* | May 1

*Priority deadline

This program’s core courses provide a solid background in research methods, policy analysis and public policy. You’ll learn how to evaluate policies, conduct research and advocate for policy solutions. Customize your certificate in Policy Analysis by selecting from a broad range of electives.

UND’s Policy Analysis certificate provides formal recognition for policy studies. You'll understand specific topics related to policy, including:

  • Various approaches to analyzing political phenomena.
  • Techniques of empirical research including research design, measurement, data gathering and data analysis.
  • Use of empirical theory and techniques to make policy choices.
  • Initiation, formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of American public policy.
  • Contemporary structural and policy problems of state and local governments.
  • Structures, processes, procedures and positions of the legislative and executive offices in government.

Certificate in Policy Analysis to M.P.A.

Apply your certificate coursework toward a Master of Public Administration degree from UND. The degree is unusual among M.P.A. online programs in that it can be specialized in the field of health care with a health-administration track.

Online Policy Analysis Certificate

  • 100% Online: You are not required to come to campus at any time. All courses are online.

  • Part-Time: Designed for working professionals who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program.

  • Flexible: Available online with "live" Web classes held in the evenings (typically one evening per week for 3 hours).

Policy Analysis Careers

Rigorous policy analysis is a highly sought after skill set in today's world of data-driven decision-making. With a graduate certificate in Policy Analysis from the University of North Dakota, you will have advanced analytic skills that will benefit your career in the public service or not-for-profit sector.

If you currently work in the field, the Policy Analysis graduate certificate is an ideal way for you to strengthen your skills, confidence and credentials. Even non-profit or public program managers who do not conduct research themselves must understand the information provided in research reports in order to make informed decisions.

Policy Analysis Certificate Course Options

Leaders in Action

Our students develop the abilities to take on challenges and lead in a rapidly changing world.