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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration Graduate Certificate

Contact: Dr. James Franke
E-mail: jfranke@k-state.edu
Home Page: www.k-state.edu/polsci/

The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is to be a flexible professional certificate program for those who desire to pursue education in principles of public management to advance in their administrative careers in the public sector and not-for-profit sector. Certificate holders will be trained for entry level management positions with government agencies at the federal, state, or local level, and with regional or sub-state organizations. After obtaining the certificate, students may apply their certificate hours towards a Master of Public Administration at Kansas State University. Course work will be offered via various distance learning technologies so that students from all over will be able to obtain this certificate.

Students with a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration will understand the general principles of public administration, including but not limited to public sector budgeting, personnel, public organization theory, and research methods. Students will also have the option of specializing in one of the following two areas in public management: administrative law or not-for-profit management. The overall educational goal is to provide professional training for a wide range of administrative venues, while providing students the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is offered through the Political Science  graduate program.

Program Requirements (15 credit hours):

Students are required to take 15 hours of course work, 12 of which are core courses and 3 of which are elective hours.

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

The core courses are listed below. POLSC 708, POLSC 735 and POLSC 737 are required. Students may choose either POLSC 700 or POLSC 710 as their fourth core course. Whichever of the two is not chosen may be taken as an elective.

Elective Courses (3 credit hours):

Elective Courses are listed below. Students should choose one. Note that POLSC 618, POLSC 620, POLSC 628, POLSC 711, POLSC 739, and POLSC 799 are offered only on campus: