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Public Management

The Graduate Certificate in Public Management is a five-course (13-15 credit hours) curriculum designed to meet the professional needs of state, local and nonprofit employees with general management responsibilities. Individuals changing from entry-level nonprofessional or technical roles to managerial roles will find this certificate program beneficial.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admissions
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.

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.

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.

Required Courses: 13-15 hours

  • PLSC 510 - Modern Public Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 515 - Public Personnel Administration 3 hrs
  • PLSC 540 - Public Budget Administration 3 hrs

Two courses from the following:

  • PLSC 610 - Public Organization Theory 3 hrs
  • PLSC 615 - Public Budget Applications 2 hrs
  • PLSC 620 - Administrative Law 2 hrs
  • PLSC 625 - Local Government Management 2 hrs
  • PLSC 630 - Public Bureaucracies and Policy Formation 3 hrs
  • PLSC 645 - Intergovernmental Relations 2 hrs

Certificate Total: 13-15 hours