ATLANTA — Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will offer two new graduate certificate programs beginning fall semester 2023: Public Management and Leadership, and Policy Analytics.
The Graduate Certificate in Policy Analytics, an online course directed by Assistant Professor Andrew Heiss, teaches students to use large, structured and unstructured data sets for insights, prediction and evaluation of individual and organizational behavior, spatial forms and programs. It provides students with state-of-the-art data analytics skills that apply to questions and issues specific to the nonprofit and public sectors. Students will learn to maneuver and analyze complex data, effectively visualize and communicate results, and contribute to the open-source community. These skills prepare students for positions as data scientists, data analysts and other data-intensive roles in the public sector and nonprofit organizations.
This certificate is designed for:
- Individuals working in the public or nonprofit sectors who wish to improve skills such as data visualization, GIS analysis and advanced causal inference methods not otherwise addressed in on-the-job training.
- Individuals pursuing graduate degrees outside of those offered by AYSPS who desire training in public and nonprofit sector-oriented data science and analytics.
The courses required for this certificate are designed to count toward the full Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Management and Leadership, which can be completed online, was put to launch by Professor John C. Thomas and is directed by Associate Professor Jurée Capers. The program provides basic preparation for students seeking roles as leaders at government agencies or nonprofit organizations. It also provides an opportunity for students to sample courses in the Master of Public Administration degree program before possibly pursuing the full degree. AYSPS faculty experts in public management and policy will help each student develop a personalized leadership toolkit that will help them lead the increasingly diverse public workforce critical to addressing the complex challenges society faces today.
The courses required for this certificate count toward the full Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.
Applicants to the graduate certificate programs are subject to the same admission requirements and criteria used for the M.P.A. and M.P.P. degrees, except that letters of recommendation are not required for either. Applications to these programs for the fall semester are open now.
To learn more about these programs and to apply, go to https://www.gsu.edu/program/policy-analytics-graduate-cert for Policy Analytics and https://www.gsu.edu/program/public-management-leadership-graduate-cert for Public Management and Leadership.