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Graduate Certificates in Public Policy

250 Yearly Graduations
$57,700 Median Salary
$61,975 Median Debt
There are 39 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in public policy. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 27% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 17.6% of public policy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors

In 2018-2019, 250 graduate certificates were awarded to public policy majors. This earns it the #56 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public policy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,219
Bachelor’s Degree 2,308
Graduate Certificate 250
Doctor’s Degree 232
Basic Certificate 9
Associate’s Degree 3

Earnings of Public Policy Majors With Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in public policy is $57,700. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $57,700 to a high of $57,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in public policy is $61,975. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $61,975 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $61,975.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $722.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in public policy. About 56.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 110
Women 140
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Public Policy

The racial-ethnic distribution of public policy graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 28
White 126
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 16
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Policy Graduate Certificate Students

There are 39 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in public policy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
39 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public policy students seekinga graduate certificate is University of Chicago. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from UChicago. About 54% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
34 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at USC. About 62% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
22 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The public policy program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 22 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 36% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
20 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,833 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,390 per year.

The public policy program at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth awarded 20 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
19 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Kentucky. Each year, around 29,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from UK. Of these students, 47% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
16 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from U-M. Of these students, 50% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
15 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at Liberty University. About 47% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Connecticut comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Each year, around 27,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,798 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at UCONN. Of these students, 82% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tennessee State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,854 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,178 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at Tennessee State University. Of these students, 82% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Portland State University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at Portland State University.

#11

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Dakota. Each year, around 13,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,534 per year.

The public policy program at University of North Dakota awarded 7 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#12

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Missouri - St Louis. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,079 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,007 per year.

The public policy program at University of Missouri - St Louis awarded 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Pennsylvania. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

The public policy program at University of Pennsylvania awarded 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 17% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California University of Pennsylvania comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Each year, around 6,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The public policy program at California University of Pennsylvania awarded 5 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from UT Dallas. About 50% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. Each year, around 30,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from Mizzou. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Regent University. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,552 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 graduate certificates were handed out to public policy majors at Regent.

#16

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern Maine is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,868 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,578 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from University of Southern Maine. About 100% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Walden University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public policy. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in public policy from Walden University. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public policy. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,332 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,468 per year.

The public policy program at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville awarded 3 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public policy that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Administration 933
Social Work 455
Human Services 69
Community Organization & Advocacy 62
Other Public Administration 56

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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