2013-14 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Social Policy Analysis

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Social Policy Analysis is designed for social service professionals, children's advocates, teachers, justice system personnel, union and community organizers, policy analysts, policy makers, political activists, planners, and others seeking a better understanding of the intersections between economics, social justice theory, and social policy analysis.

Social policy analysis uses the tools and analytic methods of public policy analysis to evaluate policy options for solving social problems, such as:

  • Poverty
  • Hunger and disease
  • Unemployment and under-employment
  • Delinquency and crime
  • Discrimination
  • Violence

In addition to addressing questions of economic efficiency and social justice, certificate courses also examine the impact broader social, economic, and political forces have upon various groups, particularly disadvantaged and at-risk populations.

The certificate is a stand-alone credential, or up to 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Public Policy and Management degree program.

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Morris
Assistant Research Professor, Public Policy and Management
Phone: (207) 780-5786

Students must take four courses (12 credits) from among the following courses in the graduate programs at the Muskie School. If students have not previously completed an introductory-level microeconomics course (or equivalent), at the undergraduate or graduate level, they will be required to complete PPM 611 Economics and Public Policy as part of the certificate.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • PPM 521 Economics and Social Justice Theory
  • PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy

Select two additional courses (6 credits) from the following:

  • CPD 552 Intro to Community Development
  • CPD 602 Sustainable Communities
  • CPD 674 Social Equity and Sustainability Planning
  • CPD 672 Food Systems Planning and Policy
  • MPH 525 American Health System
  • MPH 660 Public Health Policy
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health
  • PPM 524 Gender and Race, Politics and Policy
  • PPM 611 Economics and Public Policy
  • PPM 620 Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis

Visit the USM Graduate Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process.

Questions about applying? Contact the Muskie School Student Affairs Office at (207) 780-4864 or mspssao@usm.maine.edu

Questions about the certificate? Contact Professor Lisa Morris at lmorris@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-5876.