Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Public Affairs and Management Certificate


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Public Affairs and Management Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

As a working professional, you may have a degree in your field but now realize you need additional skills to advance into an administrative or managerial position. The certificate program in public affairs and management can give you that background in only one year of work. The program helps you to develop a set of core skills needed in government or nonprofit work, while providing some tailoring for your particular career needs.

Courses available through the MUAPP program cover skill areas relevant to public service, such as: Budgeting and Financial Management, Project Management, Program Evaluation. The program also offers courses related to the political environment of government agencies and the nonprofit environment, including: The Public Policy Process, Urban Politics and Policy, and Political Feasibility Analysis.
All classes are taught at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus in the later afternoon or evening. Classes meet once a week for 2 and 1/2 hours for a 15-week semester.


You need to submit:

  • Completed application form available online
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 is required. No GRE scores are required for the certificate program. Applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree prior to starting certificate classes.

If students decide to pursue a MUAPP Master’s degree after completing the certificate, credits from classes with a grade of ‘B’ or higher will transfer into the Master’s program (12 credits out of the 37 credits required for a Master’s degree). To continue with a Master’s degree program, certificate students will have to go through the regular MUAPP admission process. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program at Loyola University.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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