Certificate in Public Policy

The certificate in public policy is designed for those who are interested in the study of governance and policy responses to public issues. The program's objective is to provide foundational knowledge that is essential for exploring topical issues in diverse policy fields and settings. Students also choose a concentration in economic policy, urban and regional policy, or governance.

The program is structured around introductory and advanced core courses in political science that promote understanding of the theoretical parameters of public policy, such as the processes and mechanisms that are relied upon to define and solve policy problems. These core skills and competencies are used in the analysis and study of public policy in a variety of interdisciplinary fields.


Sample courses

ECON 3711 - Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
POSC 1010 - Issues in Canadian Politics and Policy
POSC 2600 - Introduction to Public Policy and Administration


Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



21 credit hours (7 courses)

Supplementary Application:


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