Social Justice in Public Service Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate


Public Administration


The Social Justice in Public Service graduate certificate develops public service leaders who understand how public policies influence social justice. 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.


  • 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


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.




Domestic Applicants

Jun 1

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International Applicants



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