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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Public Management Analysis (code PPA_CT02)

This program is designed for men and women who work or desire to work in budgeting, policy formulation, financial management, or program evaluation offices of government agencies. The program prepares candidates with such skills as defining a problem; conducting cost benefit analysis; utilizing basic statistical techniques; conducting behavioral/political analysis; preparing and presenting reports; learning to blend qualitative, behavioral, and political skills necessary for success as an analyst in government.


In addition to general admission requirements, students should be employed in public service or related activities, or have a goal of public service‑related activities.


  • 1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 4 required and 2 elective courses.
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of the following:
    • PPA 515 Administrative Report Writing (3)
    • PPA 517 Analytical Skills Development (3)
    • PPA 521 Microcomputer Management for Public Administrators (3)
    • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • 3. Satisfactory completion of 2 elective courses from:
    • PPA 522, 523, 540, and 560