The Hobby School now offers six graduate certificates in public policy:
The Fall 2021 priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is March 1, 2021. The Fall 2021 application deadline for international applicants is June 15, 2021, and for domestic applicants is August 1, 2021.
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.
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 DevelopmentPrerequisite: 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 FinancePrerequisite: 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: MicroeconomicsPrerequisite: 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 StatisticsPrerequisite: 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 AnalysisPrerequisite: 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 ModelingPrerequisite: 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 AnalysisPrerequisite: 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 IPrerequisite: 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 IIPrerequisite: 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.
Please contact Scott Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org; 713-743-5572) if you have any questions concerning your application.