Policy and Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate


This program consists of a six-course sequence (18 credits): 5 required courses (15 credits) and 1 elective (3 credits). The Certificate may be taken by non-degree students or in conjunction with 1) the Master's in Public Policy Administration degree program; 2) the Master's in Social Work/Master's in Gerontology degree programs; or 3) the Master's in Economics.

Students with sufficient job experience in program/policy evaluation may submit a written request to waive the Applied Evaluation Project requirement. If granted, this requirement will be replaced with a three-credit elective.

Students pursuing a graduate degree along with the certificate should check with their graduate advisor regarding which courses will also count towards their degree.

A maximum of two courses at the 4000 level can count towards the Certificate.

At least 12 of the 18 credits must be taken in residence at UMSL.

Required Courses:
P P ADM 6000Introduction to Policy Analysis3
P P ADM 6010Introduction to Policy Research3
or SOC WK 5450 Social Work Research Methods and Analysis II
or ECON 4100 Introduction to Econometrics
or ECON 5100 Econometric Theory and Methods
P P ADM 6750Introduction to Evaluation Research Methods3
or SOC WK 6400 Practice and Program Evaluation
POL SCI 6402Intermediate Techniques in Policy Research3
P P ADM 6950Internship (which must include an evaluation project) 13
or P P ADM 6751 Applied Evaluation Project
or SOC WK 6800 Graduate Field Practicum II
or SOC WK 6850 Graduate Field Practicum III
Applied Econometrics
Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences
Fundamentals of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Advanced Techniques in Policy Research
Multi-Method Research Design
Total Hours18

Requirements for admission to the graduate certificate program include an undergraduate degree and a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, preferably with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor.  Applicants must submit a personal statement explaining how the certificate program fits in with the applicant’s educational and professional goals. The letters and the personal statement should be sent directly to the Public Policy Administration Program.