How will you augment your degree?

Harris Public Policy offers a number of certificates that allow our full-time master's students to specialize in particular areas of inquiry. Each certificate has a faculty director, and most are managed through a research center. Requirements for each certificate are set at the beginning of each academic year and are detailed in the pages that follow.

Fast Facts for Current Students 

  • Certificates are posted to your transcript when you graduate (so you would get an MPP with a certificate in municipal finance, for example).

  • Courses taken toward certificates also count toward your degree requirements.

  • Students get preference for registration for courses included in certificates they are pursuing.

  • Students can pursue up to three certificates.

  • Your advisor can help you plan and track your progress toward certificates.

  • Some certificates qualify for the two-year STEM OPT extension for international students. Certificates that qualify state this on the web page for the individual certificate.

  • The application is open twice a year: once in spring for first year students and once in the autumn for returning students and one-year Master of Arts students. 

    • The spring application allows students to sign up for a certificate before autumn pre-registration starts to that students who are pursuing a certificate can get enrollment preference in courses for that certificate.

    • The spring application period is open from June to early August of each year. 

    • The autumn application period is open during October of each year. The autumn application period gives students an additional opportunity to add or drop certificates.

Questions about certificates can be directed to your academic advisor or to the contact person(s) listed for each certificate.

    David Meltzer


    David Meltzer

    David O. Meltzer is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in doctor patient relationships on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients.