The Undergraduate 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 analytical, research, writing and presentation skills.

Career & Academic Advancement

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 an academic foundation for students interested in careers as policy makers and analysts, researchers and planning specialists, or journalists covering government and public policy. In addition, students who complete courses in the certificate program can apply the credits earned towards our BA in Urban and Community Studies program. These credits may also be applied to other college degree programs within CUNY. Students should contact these other colleges to determine how the certificate credits will transfer.

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 2019 are due by December 18, 2018.