Certificate of Graduate Study in Policy Analysis
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Policy Analysis is designed for those who seek a career or already are policy analysts, policy makers, political activists, planners, community leaders, or others seeking an improved understanding of public policy development, research and evaluation, and those who wish to help improve outcomes.
This certificate is a stand-alone credential or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management degree program upon admission. Students generally take one course a semester.
Students select four courses (12 credits) including one required course and three electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request.
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 an undergraduate microeconomics course or PPM 611 Economics for Policy, Planning, and Management as part of the certificate.
Required Courses (3 credits)
- PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis
Select three additional course (9 credits) from the following:
- PPM 503 Applied Research Methods
- PPM 531 Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
- PPM 542 Policy Issues in State and Local Finance
- PPM 570 Argumentation and Advocacy
- PPM 602 Hands-on Correlation and Regression Analysis
- PPM 611 Economics for Policy, Planning, and Management
- PPM 665 Transportation Planning and Policy
- PPM 667 Housing Planning and Policy
- PPM 672 Food Policy and Planning
- PPM 683 Environmental Law and Policy
- MPH 660 Health Policy (prerequisite MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of instructor.)
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: In a brief essay (300-500 words), please state your reasons for pursuing Certificate of Graduate Study in Policy Analysis, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation