Dr. Goktug Morcol
School of Public Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
The primary goal of the program is to prepare policy analysts and policy/program evaluation specialists who work for governments and not-for-profit organizations for professional analytical tasks. The 12-credit curriculum is designed to educate students in multiple aspects of the policy analysis and evaluation profession: general concepts in the policy analytic literature, decision making, planning, program evaluation, and issues in a public policy area of the student’s choice. The credits earned for the certificate may be applied toward a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Public Administration at Penn State Harrisburg. However, successful completion of the certificate neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State. To successfully complete the certificate program a student must maintain 3.0 cumulative grade-point average; no course with a grade of lower than a C will count toward the certificate.
An applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Students who are already enrolled in the MPA program at Penn State Harrisburg and wish to enroll in the certificate program must complete the online Graduate School certificate application and pay the application fee just as any other certificate applicant would. They should also complete the Notice of Intent form and submit it to the program administration.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (P ADM)
One graduate-level 3-credit course in a substantive public policy area of student’s choice (e.g., health care, criminal justice, economic development, transportation, national security, welfare, education, environmental policy). Students must consult with and obtain the consent of the program coordinator when selecting this elective course.
Effective Date: Summer Session 2012
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2017
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012
Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-151
Review Date: 01/15/2013