Certificate in Politics

The Politics Certificate is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to effectively navigate complex and diverse political environments. Students who have completed this certificate have gone on to manage political campaigns, run for office, work at the intersection of the public and private sectors, and lead local, state, and federal government organizations. The four course, graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

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Course Information

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills:

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate (one may be taken in a school/program other than Fels):

  • Students with five or more years of professional experience or previous graduate coursework that duplicates the content of a core requirement may request a waiver of that requirement.  If the waiver is granted, the student replaces it with a Fels elective within the Certificate.
  • MPA students may only count a course to one Certificate degree.
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of 2 MPA core courses toward a Certificate

Disclosure Information Required by the U.S. Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC) 

11-1021 General and Operations Managers

11-1031 Legislators

11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising  Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers

Program Costs

Tuition is charged on a per course basis. Rates and fees are viewable in the Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance, & Living Costs section here.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Please see our Certificates Application Requirements and Deadlines page for more information.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829