May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration Graduate Certificate

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The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is to provide a flexible professional certificate program for those who desire to pursue professional training in principles of public management in order to advance their administrative careers in the public sector and the nonprofit sector. Certificate holders will be trained for entry level management positions with government and nonprofit agencies at the federal, state, or local level, and with regional or sub-state organizations.

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. Course work may be accomplished entirely via various distance learning technologies so that students will not need to be resident in Manhattan in order to obtain this certificate.

After obtaining the certificate, if they so desire students may apply their certificate hours towards a Master of Public Administration at Kansas State University.

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 (5 courses) 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.