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Spring 2020 Priority Deadline: October 15, 2019

Spring 2020 Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Fall 2020 Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

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The Hobby School now offers five graduate certificates in public policy:

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy-Data Analytics

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy-Energy Policy

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy-Health Care Policy 

Graduate certificates are an excellent way for students to earn an additional academic credential and relevant training in a shorter period of times compared to a full master's degree. These graduate certificates require four approved courses that can also be counted towards the Master of Public Policy degree if students later apply and join this program.

Admissions

The Spring 2020 priority deadline is October 15, 2019. Applicants that submit an application prior to this deadline will receive priority consideration for Hobby School scholarships. The Spring 2020 application deadline is December 1, 2019.

The Fall 2020 priority deadline will be March 1, 2020. Applicants that submit an application prior to this deadline will receive priority consideration for Hobby School scholarships. The Fall 2020 application deadline is June 15, 2020.

The application process for the graduate certificates is similar to the MPP and completed entirely online via ApplyWeb.

Applicants must complete a UH Graduate School application and provide official transcripts of all college-level coursework with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, current resume, and a statement of purpose.

The GRE and application fee are not required when applying for admission to the graduate certificate programs.

While graduate certificate students can potentially receive a Hobby School Excellence Scholarship, federal financial aid cannot be used for these programs.

Public Policy (POLC) Graduate Courses

Graduate Certificate Courses

1) POLC 6311 Leadership and Professional Development

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

An introduction to policy process and public policy careers, with special emphasis on leadership, teamwork, and organizational dynamics. Professional skill development will also be emphasized

2) POLC 6312 Public Finance

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Effects of economic incentives on voters, government officials, economy, and markets. Analysis of situations where private markets fail to be efficient. Applications to government policies at federal and local levels, including welfare, insurance, health care, policing, roads, and Social Security. Analysis of tax system and interaction among federal, state, and local governments.

3) POLC 6313 Policy Analysis I: Microeconomics

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Overview of microeconomic tools to measure and weigh the gains and losses from any public policy, including consumers’ choices, firms’ decisions, supply and demand framework, market equilibrium, allocative and productive efficiency, property rights, externalities and market failures, and public choices and public goods.

4) POLC 6314 Policy Research Methods I: Introduction to Statistics

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Provides a basic understanding of statistical analysis for policy research, introduces basic statistical techniques and statistical software packages. Introduces research design and discusses the ethics of quantitative policy research

5) POLC 6315 Policy Research Methods II: Multivariate Analysis

Prerequisite: POLC 6314 and/or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Reviews more advanced statistical concepts and tools used to study the association between variables. Introduces students to regression analysis and explores its uses in policy analysis

6) POLC 6316 Policy Research Methods III: Advanced Quantitative Modeling

Prerequisite: POLC 6314, POLC 6315, and/or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Focuses on time series, panel data, and other more advanced statistical concepts and tools used to study the association between variables and systems of variables.

7) POLC 6320 Policy Analysis II: Political Analysis

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Introduction to analytical models of politics applied to such topics as collective action, majority rule, coalition formation, and the functioning of government

8) POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Evaluating value claims in policy with regard to political theory; normative, ethical, and political goals of policy; and applied ethics on issues of environment, punishment, inequality, gender, race, and research ethics

9) POLC 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of graduate faculty advisor.

Philosophical and critical examination of the value commitments behind different policy proposals. Comparative study of conservative, liberal, and other policy proposals in areas such as education, health care, social security, and income support.

Contact Us

Please contact Scott Mason (smason@uh.edu; 713 743 5572) if you have any questions concerning your application.