Social Justice in Public Service

Graduate Certificate

The Social Justice in Public Service graduate certificate develops public service leaders who can influence policy with a focus on social justice issues. Students explore factors that contribute to inequity among various groups, with a focus on providing a theoretical background and methods to analyze social justice issues in public service. Students will be exposed to principles of social justice as they apply to government and the nonprofit sector in education, health, environment, transportation, and housing policy domains among others.

Program Highlights

  • 15 credit hours
  • Interdisciplinary course offerings
  • Credits may be applied toward other graduate programs


The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice in Public Service requires 15 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including two required courses and three elective courses.

For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Core Courses (6 credits)
PAD 5042
Foundations of Social Justice for Public Service
PAD 5043
Policy Advocacy for Social Justice
Elective Courses (9 credits)
CPO 6785
Political and Economic Inequality in Comparative Perspective
EDF 6855
Equitable Education Opportunity and Life Chances: A Cross-National Analysis
EDF 6886
Multicultural Education
INR 6062
Peace Studies
INR 6356
Environmental Security
INR 6067
Human Rights and Security
PAD 7939
Special Topics
PAD 5356
Managing Community and Economic Development
PAD 6357
Urban Resilience
PAD 5359
Global Cities
PAD 6825
Cross-Sectoral Governance
PAD 6439
Leadership in Public Service
PUP 6324
Women and Public Policy
SYO 6409
Social Inequalities in Health
SYO 6404
Food Insecurity and Health

Admissions and Advising

Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice in Public Service should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of public policy interest you?

For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Edlira Dursun.

Application Deadlines

Social Justice in Public Service Graduate Certificate



Domestic Applicants

Jun 1

Dec 1

International Applicants



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