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Certificate Program Application Requirements and Deadlines

Rockefeller College offers four Certificates of graduate study – in Public Sector Management, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Women & Public Policy and the International Health and Human Rights CGS. The application requirements for these programs are the same.

All applications must be submitted through the University’s Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and resume should be uploaded into the online application system. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Department of Public Administration & Policy's admissions committee. Average processing time for a completed application is three to four weeks.


  • Spring – December 1
  • Summer – May 1
  • Fall – June 15

Certificate Program Application Checklist:

  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate work to date
  • 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
  • Resume
  • $75 Application Fee
  • 1 or 2 letters of recommendation (optional)

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

Please note: Certificate applicants must complete the online DEGREE APPLICATION, not the non-degree application.  Graduate Certificate students are considered to be matriculated graduate students at the University and therefore must apply through the regular degree application process.

Instructions for the Statement of Background and Goals:

In a 1-2 page double-spaced essay, state your reason for undertaking graduate study in Public Administration and Policy. Convey how the Certificate program enhances your career plans. Also, discuss any substantial accomplishments, either collegiate, professional, or in the community, which cannot be inferred through other areas of your application. Finally, explicitly talk about your area of interest, as this information directly impacts your advisor assignment if accepted to the public administration program.

For more information, contact: 
Rockefeller College Office of Graduate Admissions
 | 518-442-5396