Public Policy Analysis

This Advanced Certificate draws from NYU Wagner’s policy program to deepen students’ understanding of the way in which public policy and political realities interact at the national, state, and local levels. It provides students with a fundamental understanding of the tools necessary to conduct public policy analysis, program evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, multivariate regression, and the criteria to assessing the need for government intervention.

Students must complete 12 credits to obtain this Advanced Certificate. The curriculum is designed to be completed in two to three semesters, however students may take up to three years.

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Students must choose courses (12 credits) from the following:

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
PADM-GP.2140 Public Economics CORE-GP.1011, CORE-GP.1018; CORE-GP.1021 or MSPP-GP.4021 concurrently Fall, Spring 3
PADM-GP.2171 Evaluating Programs and Policies CORE-GP.1011 Fall, Spring, Summer 3
PADM-GP.2411 Policy Formation and Policy Analysis CORE-GP.1022 Fall, Spring 3
URPL-GP.2415 Public Policy and Planning in New York None Fall 3
PADM-GP.2875 Estimating Impacts in Policy Research PADM-GP.2902; and PADM-GP.2171 or permission from the instructor Spring 3
PADM-GP.2902 Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics CORE-GP.1011 Fall, Spring, Summer 3

Three credits of coursework may be substituted from another NYU Wagner course (including another field/area of specialization) with approval.



Students must waive the following courses if they are prerequisites to any of the above elective courses. If students are unable to waive the course(s), only one course from the list below may count toward the Advanced Certificate and other courses would need to be completed in addition to the Advanced Certificate.

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
CORE-GP.1011 Statistical Methods None Fall, Spring, Summer 3
CORE-GP.1018 Microeconomics None Fall, Spring 3
CORE-GP.1021 Financial Management None Fall, Spring, Summer 3
CORE-GP.1022 Introduction to Public Policy None Fall, Spring 3