Graduate Certificate in Municipal Administration

The primary purpose of this certification is to strengthen the professional management skills of personnel in responsible local government administrative positions. These include supervisors, department heads, administrative assistants and others who need more management training to enhance their career prospects. Students in the M.P.A. program may also use their electives to receive this certificate. In addition, this certificate program is appropriate for graduate students in geography and planning and civil engineering who wish to improve their knowledge of administration.

Municipal Administration Certificate (12 hours of which 6 hours are from required courses) 

PSC 5320Urban Policy & Administration3
PSC 5410Public and Nonprofit Management3
Two of the following:6
Ethics In Public Policy And Administration
Human Resources Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Budgeting And Financial Administration
Program Evaluation
Public Policy Process
Public Relations Campaigns
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems Applications
Land Use Planning
Principles Of Urban Planning
Transportation Geography
Other related graduate electives approved by the MPA director
Total Hours12

Currently enrolled MPA students may not apply their required courses (PSC 5430, PSC 5440 andPSC 6430) toward this certificate.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
GEPL 5110 Geographic Information Systems 3
PSC 5320 Urban Policy & Administration 3
Second Term
PSC 5440 Budgeting And Financial Administration 3
PSC 5410 Public and Nonprofit Management 3
 Total Hours12
  • PLO 1. Identify and describe best practices in municipal government.
  • PLO 2. Identify and describe challenges and opportunities facing local governments in the 21st century.
  • PLO 3. Identify, define, and demonstrate skills necessary for effectively managing municipal governments.