Advanced Graduate Certificate In Public Policy
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Make a Positive Impact on Public Policy by Earning an Advanced Certificate

Do you want to grow professionally, increase your earning potential, and expand your career options? Our 100% online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy can help! If you are interested in policy, politics, and government work, an advanced certificate can increase your marketability, the chance of promotion, and provide professional development opportunities. 

With public policy training from Liberty University, you can help shape policy across governmental, legislative, political, and academic settings. You can also be a part of inspiring the next generation of public officials, leaders, scholars, and policymakers.

Potential Career Options with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different career fields that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Lobbyist
  • Local, state, or federal government representative
  • Public interest/advocate group leader
  • Public relations specialist
  • Researcher

The skills you gain in leadership and research can help you in your current role at your organization or help prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Another benefit of Liberty’s Advanced Certificates is that you can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding master’s programs. So if you are looking to further your studies after completing your certificate in public policy, you can seamlessly transfer into our master’s in public policy! Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Employment in political organizations, 2020 (viewed online June 23, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy?

Let us help you develop professionally and achieve your career goals with our online advanced graduate certificate in public policy. This certificate program is designed to enhance your credentials and training in matters of public policy. Not only will you be taking courses that can be transferred directly into our master’s in public policy degree, but you can gauge whether or not completing a master’s degree would benefit you professionally.

There is a huge demand for public policy specialists with an extensive range of possible occupations within the field. Public policy certificate holders may pursue roles in a variety of nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental contexts. From research to public relations, the opportunities are constantly expanding for professionals in this field.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Public Policy Advanced Graduate Certificate?

In order to set you up for success in your career endeavors, one of the first courses you’ll take in our public policy certificate is an introduction to writing and research at the graduate level. We require this course in hopes of preparing you for the academic rigor of your graduate coursework. By building these vital skills in the beginning, you will have more confidence in your professional writing ability.

Our online public policy courses examine major topics in economics, leadership, statesmanship and governance, political philosophy, foreign policy, and policy analysis. Additionally, our Introduction to Geopolitics course provides an understanding of the importance of effective cross-cultural interactions among nations and at the highest levels of politics.

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Admission Requirements

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • This Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy can stand on its own as a professional credential while also helping you build credit toward a full degree.
  • You can complete this advanced certificate program in as little as 1 year.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Roll these credits into the corresponding master’s or doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Admission Requirements for Our Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.