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Graduate Certificates


The Hobby School now offers six 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-Ethics

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.


The Spring 2022 priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is October 15, 2021. The Spring 2022 application deadline for international applicants is November 1, 2021, and for domestic applicants is December 1, 2021.

The Fall 2022 priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is March 1, 2022. The Fall 2022 application deadline for international applicants is June 15, 2022, and for domestic applicants is August 1, 2022.

All required application materials MUST be submitted by these deadlines.

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 is not required when applying for admission to the graduate certificate programs.

The graduate certificate programs have a $25 application fee.

International applicants should also visit the UH Graduate School's International Students page for more detailed information regarding transcripts, English langauge proficiency requirements, and visa procedures.

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 Certificate Course Descriptions

  • 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

  • 3) POLC 6313 Policy Analysis I: Microeconomics

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

  • 5) POLC 6315 Policy Research Methods II: Multivariate Analysis

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

  • 7) POLC 6320 Policy Analysis II: Political Analysis

  • 8) POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I

  • 9) POLC 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II

Contact Us

Please contact Scott Mason (; 713-743-5572) if you have any questions concerning your application.