To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 hours of course work. This program may be completed entirely online.
You must take one course in each of the following three blocks and two elective courses in a specialty area:
Courses taken to fulfill the specialty area requirement may not be used to fulfill the Masters of Public Administration degree.
Core courses—3 units
POS 541—Public Management
POS 543—Public Organizations
Skills courses—3 units
POS 642—Human Resources Admin
POS 644—Government Budgeting
Problem solving and professional experience—3 units
POS 581—Current Issues in Administration
Topics courses may be taken twice with different topics
POS 608—Fieldwork Experience
POS 697—Independent Study (must be approved by advisor)
Specialty area—6 units
500- or 600-level political science course, selected with advisor approval, and not used to meet some other requirement
You may choose to take both POS 541 and 543, and use one to satisfy the core requirement, and apply the other towards satisfying the specialty area.
Both POS 541 and 543 may be applied to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. With advisor approval, students may replace 541 or 543 in their certificate program with POS 641 or 643, respectively; these courses are not offered online.
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International Student Requirements:
Please see our website for international applicant requirements.