2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Public Policy Analysis Graduate Certificate ►

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Public Administration
Program Websites: https://ccie.ucf.edu/public-administration/

Program Description

The Public Policy Analysis Graduate Certificate is primarily designed to complement the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program by providing a formalized path for students to specialize in public policy analysis. This certificate is designed for students interested in a range of policy domains such as urban, environmental, transportation, economic development, emergency management, disaster, homeland security, and health. The program will prepare graduate students for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service at all levels of government and in the private and nonprofit sectors, with a particular focus on public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.


The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis is comprised of 18 credit hours of graduate courses, including four required courses and two electives. This certificate prepares students for professional careers in Public Policy Analysis.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course. Grades ‘C’ or lower cannot be used to fulfill certificate requirements. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • One official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • A current, professional resume.
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Public Policy Analysis, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Public Policy Analysis interest you?
    • Any previous work experience in the field.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

Public Policy Analysis Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Public Administration and Public Policy Programs
Telephone: 407-823-3925

Edlira Dursun, MPA, MNM
Graduate Adviser, MPA, MPP Programs
Telephone: 407-823-1139
PAC 446B

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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