Offered by the Division of Public Administration, this certificate should be of interest to public sector employees and professionals as well as students enrolled in other NIU graduate degree programs and individuals who hold a master’s degree in a related discipline. Credit earned for a certificate may be applied toward the M.P.A. degree with the advice and approval of the division director.
Admission to pursue the certificate is based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s education needs and career objectives. Each applicant must complete an admissions form furnished by the Division of Public Administration and submit a written statement describing the applicant’s work experience in the public sector. Additionally, a brief statement indicating how the applicant’s career objectives can be enhanced by completing the certificate should be submitted.
A student’s program of study must be reviewed and approved by the division director or the M.P.A. coordinator. A maximum of 3 semester hours earned in another department or program may be applied toward the certificate with the consent of the division director or M.P.A. coordinator.
Other 600-level PSPA courses with the exception of PSPA 661, PSPA 671, PSPA 692, PSPA 695, and PSPA 699 (0-6)