Local governments are integral to providing and producing a range of public goods and services to residents including public works, education, parks and recreation, housing, emergency medical services, broadband, local courts, vital records, and transportation. Local government officials are also crucial for assisting higher-level governments in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public policy, thereby helping to achieve broader social outcomes. Perhaps more so than any other level of government, local government officials regularly coordinate and collaborate with non-profit and grassroots organizations to alleviate local policy problems.
As demand for higher quality and quantity of public services from all levels of governments increases, the need for an educated, public-service oriented local government workforce has likewise grown. To help meet this demand, the Graduate Certificate in Local Government in the School of Public Affairs allows students to become well-versed in the forces that shape the agendas of local governments and the organizations they interact with in order to gain a richer understanding of governance and policy making.
Prospective students who wish to pursue this certificate must apply as non-degree applicants. Learn more on the School of Public Affairs admission web page.
- Courses are offered on campus, online, and in remote and hybrid formats.
- Students must successfully complete 12 credit hours of approved coursework.
- Students must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA in this program.
- This program must be completed within 7 years.
|Required Core Courses
|Public Budgeting and Finance
|Select one of the following:
|Local Government Management
|Local Government Politics and Policy
|Social Problems and Policies
|Required Elective Courses
|Select two elective courses from the list below or select unlisted courses that have been approved in advance by the concentration director:
|Collaboration Across Sectors
|Strategic Management for Nonprofit and Public Managers
|Human Resource Management
|Managing for Social Equity
|Managing Conflict and Change
|Public Participation, Political Equity, and Government
|Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
|Public Financial Management and Policy
|Seminar in Environmental Management
|Public Service in Emergency Management and Homeland Security