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Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8-Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Not Available
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Our Graduate Online Certificate in Public Policy Prepares You to Help Find Solutions to Critical Policy Problems

Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Online Certificate in Public Policy provides you with specialized graduate-level training in policy and government taught from a Christian worldview. If you have a passion for public service and want to be a part of serving the good of your community, this online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy can equip you to make a difference. If your goal is to further your education and earn a degree from an accredited Christian school, the online graduate certificate courses can transfer to our online Masters in Public Policy degree, making this program a stepping-stone to further education.

What is Public Policy?

Public Policy is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines elements of political science, sociology, and economics with other fields to understand public administration and governance. Studies in this field analyze particular policy choices made by those in power and how they influence government. This online certificate in Public Policy will equip you to engage in the debate around such policies and make an impact on the discussion.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Program?

If you want to help create better policies that will change the world, the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy will develop the skills you need for a career in public administration, government, and politics. This program strengthens critical thinking skills and improves your comprehension of the critical policy issues facing today’s society. For working professionals looking to advance their career, certificates provide additional documented credentials for job or post-graduate requirements. This online Graduate Certificate can be a great first step towards a Masters Degree as course credit earned in this program can be directly applied to a Master of Arts in Public Policy, or as electives in several other Masters Degree programs. 

What Will You Learn in the Online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Program?

The online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy provides an in-depth, but concise, overview of policy theory and government while providing practical training in policy analysis. You will learn to consider all relevant factors of policy debate, such as the movement of economic markets and interwoven regulations, the impact of global policy on domestic law, and the underlying constitutional foundation of all policy discussions. These courses will give you a strong skill set for engaging policy discussion and help you understand how legislation and governments affect many industries.

You may also be interested in taking the next step in your education with Liberty’s online Master of Arts in Public Policy.

Required Courses

  • PPOG 502 – Economics and Public Policy
  • PPOG 503 – Political Philosophy
  • PPOL 501 – Foundations of American Governance

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Program Highlights
Certificate Info
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements 

Program Highlights of the Online Graduate Public Policy Certificate

  • By earning your online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • This public policy certificate is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy program in as little as one semester.
  • You may apply the credits earned in the online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy toward a relevant Master’s Degree.

Online Graduate Public Policy Certificate Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. 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 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times

Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate 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

*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.