Certificate Requirements

The program prepares students to undertake sophisticated quantitative analyses to address political, policy and governance challenges.  Students will develop foundational skills as well as expertise in statistical analysis, geospatial analysis, political behavior and policy analysis or public management. Five courses are required to complete the certificate program.

Students are required to:

  • Complete two core courses.
  • Complete three elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to concentrate their electives in one of four specialty areas:
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Geospatial Analysis
    • Political Behavior and Public Policy Analysis
    • Public Management

Core Courses

  1. 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis
  2. 470.709 Quantitative Methods


Full course listings and descriptions are available on the Course Descriptions page.

Sample Electives
With approval of the program director, students may also choose electives from selected degree programs within Advanced Academic Programs, including Government, Global Security Studies, Applied Economics and Environmental Studies.

  • 470.769 Data Science for Public Policy
  • 470.743 Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • 470.708 Unleashing Open Data with Python
  • 470.764 Survey Methodology
  • 470.667 Machine Learning and Neural Networks
  • 470.643 Text as Data
  • 470.758 Data-driven Campaigns
  • 470.731 Privacy in a Data-driven Society

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.