graduate certificates

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For a full list of available minors and certificates offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions, please visit the College of Public Service minors & certificates page.

graduate certificates

Participatory Governance

The graduate certificate in Participatory Governance at Arizona State University is the first of its kind in the world. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement and evaluate participatory governance and public engagement programs. This interdisciplinary program combines academic rigor with practical skills. Students examine the main theories and research findings on participatory governance and public engagement, and familiarize themselves with past and current democratic innovations in the USA and around the world. Students also acquire the capacity to design, carry out and examine processes of participatory governance and public engagement. The certificate, administered by the School of Public Affairs, can be pursued as a specialization within an existing ASU graduate program, or as a stand-alone, 15-credit-hour program (5 courses). 

Policy Informatics

Policy Informatics provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers that will use informatics tools, models, and simulations to help individuals and groups deliberate and evaluate policy decisions as well as explore new governance infrastructures. The Policy Informatics certificate emphasizes theories and research concerning decision-making, complexity theory, and visualization of quantitative and qualitative information, collective intelligence, behavioral economics, and persuasive technologies.

This certificate helps us advance evidence-driven policy design, wherein scientific models and analyses drive decision-making for resolution of complex policy challenges, dilemmas, and problems. Policy informatics is both an emerging field of research and a community of practice focusing on: 1) advancing decision-making in the public sector through information-centric analysis of evidence that leverages computational and technological advances; and 2) designing, managing, and evaluating information systems and infrastructures for policy construction, analysis, and implementation.

Policy informatics advances the multi-disciplinary nature of the public administration discipline by infusing it with the advances of information technology, management of information systems, and computational and informational science perspectives.

Public Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration prepares students for work in government at all levels and nonprofit organizations through comprehensive coverage of topics in public administration, management and policy. Students discover the challenges of management, learn how to lead a public organization, and understand the process of policy development. The certificate is designed to give students a solid foundational understanding of administration, leadership and policy analysis in the service of public goods.

Public Policy

This certificate prepares students for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service involved in the formulation, approval, implementation, and evaluation of public policy at all levels of government and in the private and non-profit sectors. The program is designed to give students analytical techniques and conceptual frameworks for understanding policy issues, as well as identifying potential solutions and applying these skills to real-world issues.