Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Public Policy Certificate

Location(s): West Lafayette

About the Certificate

The Public Policy certificate prepares students with a deeper understanding of the reach and impact of policy decisions intended to create solutions to societal problems. Students will learn how policies are influenced and changed by effective communication on important issues proposed by governments, businesses, political parties, and other entities for multiple audiences. The coursework spans major themes of policy including but not limited to social policy, economic policy and policies related to science, technology and the environment. Given the broad reach of policy and regulation, the Public Policy certificate has important implications for a wide array of academic majors across the university.

College of Liberal Arts

Requirements for the Certificate (12 credits)

D. Advanced Policy Experience (Internship, Practicum, Experiential Learning, Graduate-level coursework) - Select one course (3 credits)

*These are variable topic courses. See your advisor.


  • Graduation GPA of 2.0 required for Certificate.
  • At least 50 % of credits for the CLA certificate must be from Purdue University.
  • Other courses relevant to Public Policy may be substituted for the requirements on an individual basis with approval from the Political Science Department.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, log in to mypurdue.purdue.edu and click here.


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student. The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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