Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy prepares professionals to work in policy analysis as analysts, educational researchers, and policymakers in a range of levels, including local school districts, state agencies, nonprofit agencies, as support for elected officials, and the like.

Eligibility and Admission

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence. Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy requires the completion of 15 credits of graduate work: 6 core credits, 3 credits of quantitative methods, and 6 credits of electives, chosen in collaboration with the program coordinator.

Ed Policy Core (6 credits)
Ed Pol 613 (512) Context and Foundations of Educational Policy
Ad Lead 832 Educational Politics and Policymaking

Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
Qualifying courses must include multiple linear regression. Acceptable options at UWM include:

Ed Psy 624 Educational Statistical Methods I
PoliSci 701 Techniques of Political Science Research
UrbPlan 740 Data Analysis Methods I
Sociology 979 Methods of Research and Analysis for Urban Social Institutions I
Other equivalent courses can also fulfill this requirement, as determined by department

Focus Courses (6 credits total; student’s choice)
Ad Lead 710 Organizational Change and Team Leadership
Ad Lead 862 School Finance

Advanced Statistical Methods Course (to be chosen with advisor)
Comm 862 Public Deliberation
Ed Pol 561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities
Ed Pol 602 Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations
Ed Pol 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities
Ed Pol 612 Community Participation and Power
Ed Pol 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development
Ed Pol 622 Community Policy Analysis (to be developed)
Ed Pol 625 Race Relations in Education
Ed Pol 630 Race and Public Policy in Urban America
Ed Pol 670 History of Urban Education Reform Policies
Ed Pol 680 Urban Education Policies: Problems and Opportunities
Ed Pol 822 Global Educational Studies
Poli Sci 749 Seminar in American Political Institutions

Other courses may be chosen in conjunction with student’s advisor.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. To be eligible for transfer, the course must have been completed within the last 2 years. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.