Current Students: Undergraduate Certificate

CPPA's undergraduate certificate in public policy allows UMass Amherst undergraduate students to complement their majors with an 8-course sequence in public policy and administration. All of the courses selected can also be used toward the student's major or distributional requirements. groupwork

Steps for students to complete a certificate in Public Policy and Administration
  • Select a faculty advisor from the list of CPPA faculty advisors, and discuss your plan with her/him. If you need help selecting an advisor, please contact Satu Zoller.

  • Complete a one-page proposal describing your interests in the policy concentration you wish to pursue. You should also outline the five policy electives you plan to take and discuss how they will help you reach your educational goals. A sample proposal is available here.

  • Fill out the application and have it approved and signed by your faculty advisor. Deliver the completed form to the Center for Public Policy and Administration for approval and signature. CPPA will notify you of your acceptance into the program and forward a copy of the signed form to your faculty advisor.

  • During the second semester of your senior year, after you have completed the requirements, fill out the Certificate Requirements Checklist. If you took different courses than those on your application, you are required to have your faculty advisor sign the form before submitting it to CPPA. If no changes have been made, you can submit the form directly to CPPA.

For answers to other questions, email Satu Zoller.


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