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Public Personnel Management

The Graduate Certificate in Public Personnel Management is a five-course (14 credit hours) curriculum designed to enhance career opportunities for human resources staff members, including those changing from entry-level, nonprofessional, professional, or technical roles to managerial roles. It is appropriate for individuals working in most public (state, municipal, township, county, school district) and nonprofit (health, social services, arts) agencies.

Admission Requirements:

Degree Admission:

Applicants must have:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.25 in the last half of the undergraduate program; the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  2. A 250-word description of the applicant’s academic and professional history and professional goals in public administration.
  3. A personal interview with the program director is recommended if there are any questions about admission under the criteria above.
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve EMU Graduate School minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level before beginning courses in the M.P.A. program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See the Admissions website for minimum scores.

Application information and materials can be obtained from EMU’s Office of Admissions or at graduate.admissions@emich.edu, or international.admissions@emich.edu. Applications will be processed for Fall (February 15 deadline) and Winter (October 15 deadline) admission, but desired classes may not be available for students and delays in securing official transcripts may also delay admission decisions. As noted above, separate applications must be filed for the M.P.A. program and any certificate programs that a student may be interested in pursuing, even if done concurrently.

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Conditional Admission:

Promising applicants with a minimum of five years of administrative experience who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must arrange for an admission interview with the program director and submit two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program. Applicants may be granted degree admission after completing at least four courses approved by the program director, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.

Department Information:

Political Science - College of Arts & Sciences

Arnold Fleischmann, Ph.D.
Department Head

601 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3113

Department Website

Graduate Certificate in Public Personnel Management

Required Courses: 14 hours

  • PLSC 510 - Public Administration Concepts 3 hrs
  • PLSC 515 - Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 665 - Basic Arbitration Training for Professionals 3 hrs

Two courses from the following:

  • ECON 505 - Collective Bargaining in Public and Private Sectors 3 hrs
  • MGMT 611 - HR and Technology 3 hrs
  • MGMT 618 - Staffing Organizations 3 hrs
  • MGMT 620 - Compensation Management 3 hrs
  • MGMT 625 - Management in Unionized Settings 3 hrs
  • MGMT 628 - Human Resource Development 3 hrs

Certificate Total: 14 hours