Nov 29, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis is a six-course (17-18 credit hours) curriculum designed to meet the professional needs of state, local and nonprofit employees as well as private citizens with an interest in developing quantitative analytical skills for public policy issues. Students will learn about policy-making process, impact, cost benefit and economic analysis. Individuals changing from entry-level, nonprofessional, or technical roles to professional roles will find this certificate program beneficial.

Before enrolling in this certificate program, all students will be required to have the prerequisites of an introductory macro- and microeconomics class or the equivalent of ECON 500 - Foundations of Economics Analysis , plus a basic social science statistics class; 400-level economics classes will be taken for graduate credit.

Program Admission

Degree Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.25 in the last half of the undergraduate program; the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  2. A 250-word description of the applicant’s academic and professional history and professional goals in public administration.
  3. A personal interview with the program director is recommended if there are any questions about admission under the criteria above.
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve EMU Graduate School minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level before beginning courses in the M.P.A. program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See the Admissions website for minimum scores.

Application information and materials can be obtained online at or at, or Qualified applicants will be admitted to fall and winter semester on a rolling basis until the start of the term, but desired classes may not be available for students and delays in securing official transcripts may also delay admission decisions. As noted above, separate applications must be filed for the M.P.A. program and any certificate programs that a student may be interested in pursuing, even if done concurrently.

Conditional Admission

Promising applicants with a minimum of five years of administrative experience who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must arrange for an admission interview with the program director and submit two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program. Applicants may be granted degree admission after completing at least four courses approved by the program director, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.

Department Information

Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

David Klein, Ph.D. | Department Head | 601 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.3113 |

Advisor Information

Rose Jindal | MPA Coordinator | 601 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.3113 |

Degree Requirements: 17-18 hours

Electives: 11-12 hours

Choose three courses from the following in addition to one substantive policy focused course in health care, environment, planning, education, nursing, gerontology, social work, poverty, local government, etc. (2-3 hrs):

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