Certificate in Politics

We are no longer accepting new applications for this certificate.

The Politics Certificate offers current and aspiring leaders a practical education to working in the political realm. The graduate level certificate can be completed in one year of part-time study as a stand-alone program, or can be combined with another graduate program, including the MPA.

The certificate has a broad-based curriculum and covers the fundamental competencies of political management. Upon completing the certificate, students will be prepared to work in a wide range of spheres ranging from political consulting to elected
office to politically-based governmental positions.

The core course provide students with foundational skills:

A choice of three electives rounds out the certificate:

*Full-time MPA students must take both GAFL 631 and GAFL 732

  • 4 course units must be taken at 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.

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United States Departmentof Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)

11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-1031 Legislators
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts
19-3094 Political Scientists
23-1010 Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists
33-3051 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
55-0000 Military Specific Occupations

Program Costs
Tuition is charged on a per course basis.  Rates and fees are viewable here.