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Public Policy Certificates

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The Pepperdine School of Public Policy prepares policy and political leaders through unique and distinctive online education programs. For over a decade, our Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership has trained thousands of state and local government officials to better engage their residents in policymaking and to improve the transparency and responsiveness of their public agencies through technology. Our Education Policy & Impact Initiative convenes national K-12 policy experts and policy practitioners to discuss the significant changes in our education systems due to the pandemic. And our American Project at SPP offers various online programs that teach viewpoint diversity to policy and political communicators. The grounding commitment undergirding all of our programs is the focus on preparing servant leaders for an increasingly polarized public square.


Professional Certificate in Digitalization and Energy Transformation

In this Professional Certificate offered by Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, participants will learn about these technologies and change management skills through both lectures and small group exercises.  Led by experts in their fields, including Pepperdine University's Professor Jonathan Reichental, participants will gain both local and global perspectives on these issues.

  • Dates: Thursday-Friday, November 14-15 and 21-22
  • Location: Pepperdine University, Chateau d' Hauteville
  • Limit: 25 participants
  • Cost: 500 ChF ($558)

Professional Certificate in Public Engagement for Local Government

Through this program, mid-career local government professionals are prepared to lead a publicly-engaged organization by gaining a deep understanding of the context, purpose, and best practices for engaging residents in the decisions that affect their lives and communities. We offer two cohorts each year (fall and spring), capping at 30 participants each.


  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Time: 2.5 hour weekly modules
  • Cost: $1,195
  • The Davenport Institute offers one full scholarship for School of Public Policy students for each cohort

Interested in studying on-campus?
Learn more about the on-ground master of public policy program we offer at our Malibu campus.