The Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Public Administration and Policy provides a master’s level education for students interested in legislation, government agencies, and social services. The Certificate is a valuable professional credential for workers in the public and non-profit sectors, and for students pursuing scholarly interests in government affairs at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Students gain a rich understanding of the theories behind government policy and public-sector management, while learning how to critique their implementation and make effective recommendations. The program enables students to develop and enhance advanced analytical, research, writing, and presentation skills.

Career & Academic Advancement

Graduates may pursue careers as managers in the public sector, policy analysts, researchers and planning specialists, or as journalists covering government and public policy. In addition, students who complete courses in the certificate program can apply the credits earned towards our MA in Urban Studies program. These credits may also be applied to other MA programs within CUNY. Students should contact the CUNY graduate program of interest to determine how the Certificate’s credits will transfer.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2019 are due by December 18, 2018.