This certificate is designed for those who are interested in a career in local government organizations (cities and counties) or in non-profit or private sector organizations that collaborate or serve local governments.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Admission

The School of Public Affairs and Administration accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply to be admitted for either the fall, summer or spring semesters.

Applicants for the certificate are required to have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if the undergraduate degree was awarded in the last three years)
  • At least 3 years of managerial experience or be already admitted to any graduate programs of KU or already have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution
  • All international applicants and domestic non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency

Required application materials:

For students who do not have a master’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, 3 letters of reference are required.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours and has 2 options:  intern option and career option. The intern option is designed for students who have no or little experience in local government environments. 

Local Government Management (intern)

Required Coursework:
PUAD 851Infra-Structure Management3
PUAD 892Public Administration Internship3
PUAD 898Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement3
1 Elective from the following list of SPAA Courses:3
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Innovation and Organizational Change
Management and Information Technology
Management and Information Technology
Performance Management and Governance
Service Management
Total Hours12

City and County Leadership (career)

Required Coursework:
PUAD 898Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement3
3 courses from the following SPAA courses:9
Infra-Structure Management
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Innovation and Organizational Change
Management and Information Technology
Performance Management and Governance
Service Management
Total Hours12