Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Policy and Equity Analysis
The Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Policy and Equity Analysis is a highly focused, 12-credit program that prepares students with the tools necessary to investigate quantitatively the impacts of policies and programs on underrepresented and marginalized groups and on inequalities by race, ethnicity, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions.
Students will learn how to understand deeply, and apply appropriately, rigorous quantitative methods in policy and equity analyses. The courses comprising the certificate focus on data collection, measurement and preparation for analysis, visualization and numeric description of variables and relationships, multivariate regression analysis, statistical inference, logic models, and causal analysis using observational and experimental data. The certificate is hands-on, using software packages such as Stata or R. Students will gain transferable skills by learning how to apply a wide range of quantitative methods to analyze contemporary policy and equity challenges at the local, national, and international level. The certificate will help students who need quantitative skills to advance in their careers and those who want to fill research-related positions in their government and non-profit organizations. Courses will be taught fully online, fully in-person, hybrid, or hybrid-flex (simultaneously in-person and online) with the option to complete the certificate entirely virtually.
Students in the certificate program are eligible for all graduate student services offered at the Marxe School. The credits are fully transferable to the MPA and MIA degrees. MPA and MIA degree students are eligible to apply for the certificate program.
At the conclusion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Apply quantitative methods to analyze local, regional, national, or international conditions, programs, and policies, using an equity lens
- Design measures for and approaches to collecting quantitative data and prepare data for analysis
- Analyze data using descriptive and inferential statistics
- Evaluate, design, and conduct research and analyses to estimate causal effects using observational, quasi-experimental, and experimental data
- Program (code) with statistical software to conduct analyses
- Present and critically discuss findings from descriptive and causal analyses tailored to diverse audiences, including policymakers and the public
1. Online application and non-refundable application fee of $75
2. Official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework at a college or university where nine or more credits were completed. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required to apply
3. Resume or brief CV
4. A brief personal statement explaining why they want the certificate (500 words max)
5. Optional: Provide any additional information to demonstrate you will be able to succeed in and complete the certificate program. Additional materials are optional and needed only if the three required elements do not sufficiently demonstrate the applicant’s potential to succeed in the certificate program.
Examples of additional information may include:
a) A letter of support tailored to the program from a writer with relevant knowledge
b) Standardized test scores (e.g., GRE, GMAT)
c) A report, article, or other paper the applicant authored or co-authored
d) A description of research or analysis conducted
6. International applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree in a country where English is not the official language of instruction are required to submit either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), or Duolingo scores.
The Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Policy and Equity Analysis is a 4 course, 12-credit program. Each course is 3 credits.
Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Policy and Equity Analysis Curriculum
|Course Code||Course Title||Credits|
Required Courses (three classes)
|PAF 9270||Data Collection and Description||3|
|PAF 9272||Causal Analysis and Inference||3|
|PAF 9177||Advanced Quantitative Methods||3|
New York State Residents
Out-of-State Residents and Foreign Students on Temporary Visas
|Tuition||$545 per credit||$1010 per credit|
|Academic Excellence Fee*||$500 per semester||$500 per semester|
|Technology Fee||$62.50 per semester||$62.50 per semester|
|Consolidated Service Fee||$15 per semester||$15 per semester|
|Student Activity Fee
(Fall or Spring)
|$39.60 per semester||$39.60 per semester|
|Student Activity Fee
|$14.45 per session||$14.45 per session|
*The Academic Excellence Fee supports student services provided by the Marxe School
For the latest tuition and fee schedule, visit the website of the Office of the Bursar.
Upon completion of the required courses, the Marxe School will award students their Certificate and a notation will be made in the Baruch record.