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Certificate in Policy Studies

Ph.D in
Policy Studies

Ph.D in

Policy Studies

In addition to offering a Ph.D. in Policy Studies, Clemson’s policy studies program also permits students pursuing other graduate degrees the option of adding a policy focus to their curricula.  The certificate program generally takes one year and consists of 12 credits (4 courses).

The purpose of the graduate certificate program in policy studies is:

  1. To provide master’s degree and doctoral candidates, from other Clemson policy-related graduate programs, the opportunity to gain competencies and understanding of policy analysis.
  2. To give non-policy studies graduate students the option of supplementing their graduate studies with a stronger knowledge in public policy development and analysis.

Students in traditional graduate disciplines at Clemson may supplement their primary studies with competencies in public policy analysis and earn a Certificate in Policy Studies.  Graduate students choosing the certificate program will graduate from their programs with expertise in a substantive field along with a set of explicit public policy research and analytical skills.  They will be able to supply decision-makers with the substantive knowledge, analytical skills, and policy advice for considering and selecting among alternative and competing public policy options.  

The certificate program typically will take one year to complete and provides students with fundamental competencies of quantitative or qualitative policy analysis, enabling them to examine policy problems associated with their primary areas of study.  The program will augment the student’s preparation in a standard academic or professional field and will enhance their employment opportunities.   The Certificate in Policy Studies is a very promising program for students enrolled in public policy-related master’s degree and doctoral programs who are seeking a public policy research and analysis component to their graduate curriculum. The program consists of 12 credit hours (4 courses). Students seeking a Certificate in Policy Studies will complete the following courses:

Choose One Course
POSC 6240:    Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)
ECON 8230:    Microeconomics for Public Policy (3 credits)

Choose Two Courses
POST 8100:    Political Economy for Public Policy (3 credits)
APEC 8220:    Public Policy Economics (3 credits)
POST 8220:    Policy Analysis and Political Choice (3 credits)
POST 8420:    Ethics and Public Policy (3 credits)

Choose One Course
Choose a policy course (3 credits) in one of the program’s four policy concentration areas (agricultural policy, environmental and natural resource policy, rural and economic development policy, and science and technology policy) or a policy course in the student’s degree program.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the Certificate in Policy Studies Program, submit the following items to the chair of the Policy Studies Program:

  1. A letter of application, including a statement of interest in policy studies;
  2. A letter of recommendation from the student’s graduate program chair or coordinator and one additional letter from one of the student’s major professors (a graduate program professor who has taught the student).

Before the Certificate in Policy Studies is awarded, a student must submit to the chair of the Policy Studies Program a GS-2 form (program of study) showing the coursework for their graduate degree program and the certificate program.

Clemson University’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Policy Studies and the Certificate in Policy Studies will be of great educational value by exposing students to an excellent pedagogy for bringing together policy studies doctoral students and non-policy studies graduate students to equip them with formal competencies in public policy research and analysis.  The program’s graduates will step into policy research and analysis positions in either academic or applied settings.  The program’s graduates are being prepared to accept faculty appointments or high-level policy research and analysis positions.  They will be capable of offering expert advice to decision makers and preparing the next generation of students who must meet the public policy challenges brought on by changing economic, social and political circumstances.

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