Learn the core analytic and technical skills used in modern political campaigns, as well as the social scientific principles to evaluate and apply these skills appropriately.

Public policy students who want to create change need to understand political campaigns—but not just campaigns fought over who will occupy an office. Major changes in public policy rarely occur without an effort to persuade and mobilize. "Campaigns" also include persuasive efforts supporting or opposing a ballot question, a proposed legislative action, or a proposed action by a chief executive.  

Through the Project on Political Reform's Certificate in Political Campaigns, students will gain the expertise that is essential to running modern electoral and advocacy campaigns.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue 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.


The Certificate in Political Campaigns will be awarded to students who complete the following:

  • PPHA 31720 The Science of Elections and Campaigns

  • And at least two of the following: 

    • PPHA 30545 Machine Learning

    • PPHA 38615 Modern Political Communications

    • PPHA 31730 The Strategic Uses of Survey Research in Political Campaigns

    • PPHA 32810 Winning Issue Campaigns

  • Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order.

Consider a Policy Lab As Well

Harris Policy Labs can be an excellent complement to certificates. Certificate programs allow students to specialize in particular areas of inquiry, while Policy Labs allow students to apply their knowledge to real world policy challenges for actual client organizations.

Descriptions of Policy Labs projects for the current academic year are available in the Current Student portal. Please consult with Policy Labs staff, or the certificate program director, to see which one is right for you.


Alumni and BallotReady co-founders Aviva Rosman and Alex Niemczewski
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Alumni and BallotReady co-founders Aviva Rosman and Alex Niemczewski developed a nonpartisan online voter guide.