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Graduate Certificate Programs

The Department of Political Science offers a graduate certificate in Public Affairs with concentrations in public management, nonprofit management, or health systems management. The Public Affairs graduate certificate is a fifteen (15) credit hour program designed for individuals who want a short course in management, as in the following examples:

  • Those in public and community or health care organizations or agencies who wish to supplement their primary fields of professional or technical expertise.
  • People who are changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles in their organizations.
  • Career employees or public and community agencies or health care organizations who are interested in studying public or health care management.

To apply to a certificate program, applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants seeking admission to the MPA degree program. Applicants must also follow the same application procedures as those for the MPA program. The rules for maintaining good academic standing in the MPA program also apply to the certificate program.

Public Management Certificate

To complete the public management certificate, students are required to take the follow courses:

POLS-Y 501: Fundamentals of Public Management
POLS-Y 505: Personnel Management in Public Organizations
POLS-Y 582: Financial Management for Public Affairs

Two additional political science graduate courses

Nonprofit Management Certificate

To complete the nonprofit management certificate, students are required to take the follow courses:

POLS-Y 505: Personnel Management in Public Organizations
POLS-Y 515: Nonprofit Management
POLS-Y 582: Financial Management for Public Affairs

Two additional political science graduate courses

Health Systems Management Certificate

To complete the health systems management certificate, students are required to take the follow courses:

POLS-Y 502: Health Care Delivery Policy Issues
POLS-Y 504: Management Governance of Health Services Organizations
POLS-Y 582: Financial Management for Public Affairs

Select two additional courses with advisor approval