Graduate Certificate Program


The STPP certificate requires 15 credit hours of coursework, including three core courses and two electives of the student's choice. These courses can be taken in any order.

Required STPP Core Courses

PubPol 650

Introduction to Science and Technology Policy Analysis (Winter Term)

PubPol 754

Research Seminar in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (Winter Term; STPP students must enroll in the 3 credit option)

PubPol 510

Political Environment of Policymaking (Fall Term)


Students can choose two electives from among a variety of courses offered across the university. A current list of approved electives can be found here.

STPP Seminar Series

Students are also expected to attend the STPP Lecture Series generally held on weekdays between 4-6 p.m.

Double-Count Credits

In some cases, students may want to "double-count" courses that they are already taking as part of their graduate coursework requirements. According to Rackham, 6 of the 15 credits required for the certificate can be double-counted with other requirements. Please note: the rules for double counting are slightly different for students enrolled in Master's programs.

Gerald R. Ford School Science Policy Community

MPP students who are interested in science and technology policy, but who are unable to complete the STPP Rackham Certificate requirements due to the double-counting rule, can still join the STPP community and reap its benefits, including internship help, meetings with speakers, STPP social events, and faculty mentoring. Upon completion of the three core courses (PubPol 510, 650 and 754) and two STPP-approved elective courses, they will receive a letter from the STPP Director. MPP students interested in this opportunity need only contact the STPP Office (4204 Weill Hall, for information and enrollment forms.