Data Analytics for Public Policy

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Analytics for Public Policy is geared toward master’s and PhD students or midcareer professionals looking to gain advanced skills in managing and analyzing large amounts of data, and familiarity with the public policy and governance issues raised by the use of new forms of data.

This 15-credit certificate may be completed as a stand-alone certificate by midcareer public policy professionals or as a concurrent certificate by students enrolled in any related graduate degree program (master’s and doctoral) at Syracuse University. This certificate will be particularly interesting to students in the MPA, MAIR, EMPA, and EMIR programs.


CAS students complete a required 3-credit course in the Data-Driven Decision Making, and 12 additional credits of graduate coursework selected from a list of approved courses. At least 9-credits hours of work must be completed in courses with a PAI prefix.

Required Course

  • PAI 724: Data-Driven Management in Public Organizations
    • Performance measurement and management
    • Introduction to R & Python
    • Data management
    • Data visualization

Approved Electives

  • PAI 774: Public Policy & Program Evaluation
  • PAI 789: Advanced Policy Analysis
  • PAI 793: Public Sector Predictive Analytics
  • GEO 683: Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 684: GIS for Urban Environments
  • GEO 687: Environmental Geostatistics
  • IST 664: Natural Language Processing
  • IST 718: Big Data Analytics
  • IST 719: Information Visualization
  • IST 736: Text Mining

Certificate Advisors

General Questions

Robert Bifulco, Jr.
Associate Dean, Chair, and Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
215B Eggers Hall

MPA/MAIR Students

Josh Kennedy
Associate Director, Public Administration and International Affairs
215 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-5339

EMPA/EMIR Students

Margaret E. Lane
Assistant Director, Executive Education
219 Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-8708


To apply to the stand-alone certificate program, submit the following application materials:

  • $75 application fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume (preferred) or CV
  • GRE score submitted from the testing service
  • TOEFL score (international students only)
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts are not required at time of application, but will be necessary for matriculation into the program.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Work experience is not required.

Contact a Certificate Advisor for more information.