Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Rural Policy are offered a choice of over a dozen courses that will prepare them with the skills and competencies needed to understand economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of rural places, and to design and evaluate rural policy as it pertains to their context.

Rooted in social sciences and various natural resource sciences, students will gain valuable inter-disciplinary insights into complex challenges facing rural places.

The OSU School of Public Policy is the best place for most students to receive this training because it offers the only rural public policy concentration among any university in the western U.S. and it has a long history of collaboration with rural experts, stakeholders, and partners around the world.

The certificate is comprised of 3 required substantive core courses and 8 or more credits of electives.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Any Term
Required Tests


English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.

Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline

MAIS Participation

This program is not offered as a MAIS field of study.

AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)