Put new technical and analytic skills into action to solve real issues for real clients.

The Certificate in Policy Analysis pairs Harris students with client organizations facing real challenges. 

Leading faculty guide students on the latest technologies and analytic tools for immediate use. In client interactions and with support from Harris faculty advisors, students will learn valuable project management, communications, and other professional skills.

Students earning the Certificate in Policy Analysis will be well positioned for careers in local and state governments as well as the private sector financial and consulting firms who serve them.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate. Students from other divisions at the University are not permitted to pursue the Policy Analysis certificate.

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The following courses are required for a Certificate in Policy Analysis:

  • PPHA 41300 Cost Benefit Analysis

  • PPHA 34600 Program Evaluation

  • One quarter of any Harris Policy Lab PPHA 60000 (See the Policy Labs project descriptions in the student portal for current options.)

Students must take either Program Evaluation or Cost Benefit Analysis before enrolling in the Policy Lab. No courses can be taken pass/fail.