Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Not applicable
Next Start Date
Oct 26, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Identify Solutions to Critical Policy Problems with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Our 100% online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy provides you with specialized graduate-level training in policy and government taught from a Christian worldview. If you want to help create policies that will change your organization, community, state, or the country, this certificate in public policy will help you develop the skills you need to make a difference in public administration, government, and politics. This program can strengthen your critical thinking skills and improve your comprehension of the critical policy issues facing today’s society.

What is Public Policy?

Public policy is an interdisciplinary field of study it combines elements of political science, sociology, and economics with other fields for the purpose of providing better public administration and governance. Studies in this field analyze particular policy choices made by those in power and how they influence the government. Liberty’s online certificate in public policy can equip you to engage in the debate around such policies and make an impact on the discussion.

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

This certificate is designed to prepare you to branch out from your current role or start a new career in public policy. As a Liberty University student, you will benefit from top-tier faculty who have proven professional records of accomplishment and expertise in their respective disciplines. The certificate courses are the same as those featured in our master’s level programs, so you can trust that these graduate certificate courses will teach you valuable and industry-recognized skills and information. Additionally, our graduate public policy certificate can be completed in as little as one semester, giving you the ability to maximize your time and begin achieving your career goals!

For working professionals looking to advance their careers, certificates provide additional documented credentials for job or post-graduate requirements. This online graduate certificate can be a great first step towards determining if you want to pursue a master’s degree, as well. The credits you earn in this certificate may transfer to a number of master’s degrees, including our Master of Arts in Public Policy.

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

Our online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy provides a seamless overview of policy theory and governance while providing practical training in policy analysis. In this program, 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 are designed to give you a strong skill set for engaging policy discussion and to help you understand how legislation and governments affect many industries.

Required Courses

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

Program Highlights of the Online Graduate Public Policy Certificate

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • You can complete this online Graduate Certificate in Public Policy program in as little as 1 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

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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
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s 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

*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 for this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.