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 department chair.
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 Department of Public Administration, a written statement describing the applicant’s work experience in the public sector, a brief statement indicating how the applicant’s career objectives can be enhanced by completing the certificate, a copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and one professional reference from a recent supervisor stating the applicant’s ability to perform graduate level work and potential for leadership.
A student’s program of study must be reviewed and approved by the department chair 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 department chair or the M.P.A. coordinator.
Other 600-level PSPA courses with the exception of PSPA 661, PSPA 692, PSPA 695, and PSPA 698 and PSPA 699 (0-6)