Department of Political Science

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Election Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Election Administration is a 15 credit hour program within the Auburn University Master of Public Administration Program. The certificate requirements include 3 required courses and 2 electives, which are available online.

The curriculum is designed to provide graduate-level students and practicing professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in election administration. The certificate can be earned while pursuing an MPA or independently. Courses cover institutional arrangements, law and policy, and critical contemporary issues facing the election administration community. Students are also required to complete an ePortfolio.

 

Curriculum

Required Courses
POLI 6270 Seminar in Election Administration
POLI 6280 Election Regulation and Reform
POLI 7920 Internship**


Electives
POLI 6150 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
POLI 6290 Public Sector Information, Security, and Risk Management
POLI 6470 Comparative Election Administration
POLI 7520 Program Evaluation

**Practitioners can use the Election Center Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) program certification to fulfill the internship requirement.


ePortfolio
To complete the certificate, students create an ePortfolio, a professional website that demonstrates mastery and showcases knowledge and skills.


For questions about the Graduate Certificate in Election Administration, contact:
Dr. Kathleen Hale
Professor, Department of Political Science & Director, Graduate Program in Election Administration
 

Graduate Certificate in NonProfit Organizations and Community Governance

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance is a 15 credit hour program within the Auburn University Master of Public Administration Program. The certificate requirements include 3 required courses and 2 electives.  

 

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduate-level students and practicing professionals for leadership positions in nonprofit organizations. The certificate can be earned while pursuing an MPA or independently. Courses cover nonprofit management, law and governance, and resource development for domestic and international public service. The certificate is aligned with the curricular goals of both the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). Students are also required to complete an ePortfolio.

 

Curriculum
Required Courses**

POLI 6350 Nonprofit Law and Governance
POLI 6360 Nonprofit Resource Development 
POLI 6370 Nonprofit Management

 

Electives
POLI 6150 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
POLI 6380 INGOs and International Organizations
POLI 6390 NGOs and International Development
POLI 6550 Public Administration, Civil Society, and Democracy
POLI 7520 Program Evaluation

**Auburn MPA students completing the graduate certificate are required to complete an internship in the field.

 

ePortfolio
To complete the certificate, students create an ePortfolio, a professional website that demonstrates mastery and showcases knowledge and skills.


For questions about the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance, contact:
Dr. Kelly Krawczyk
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & PhD Program Director


Graduate Minor in Economic Development


Minor Coordinator
Dr. Bridgett King, MPA DIrector, 334-844-6301


Required Class
POLI-7700 Economic Development (only offered in Summer)
Attend first week of ECDI’s Professional Development Program


Other Classes
Two Economic Development classes outside home Department from following list:
Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
AGEC-7110 Agricultural Economic Development
RSOC-6610 Rural Sociology
RSOC-6640 Sociology of Community Development
RSOC-7620 Sociology of Community
RSOC-7650 Sociology of National Resources and the Environment

Business Administration & Economics
BUSI-7130 Strategic Analysis of the Competitive Environment
ECON-6100 Economics of Growth and Development
ECON-6200 Urban and Regional Economic Development
ECON-6600 Business and Economic Forecasting
ECON-6800 Government Spending and Taxation

Community Planning
CPLN-6000 History and Theory of Urban Form
CPLN-6100 Urban Design Methods
CPLN-6300 Real Property Development
CPLN-7430 Planning Law, Ethics, and Implementation

Education
ADED-7640 Workforce Education
CTCT-6080 Coordination and Supervision of Work-based Learning
CTCT-7000 Foundations of Career and Technical Education
CTCT-7200 Career and Occupational Information

History
HIST-7530 Seminar in Southern Industrialization

*Corresponding 5000-level classes taken as an undergraduate fulfill the Certificate requirement but do not count toward the 42 Graduate credits needed for the MPA

For more information

Bridgett King

Dr. Bridgett King

MPA Program Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
Bak0020@auburn.edu
8030-C Haley Center
334-844-6301

Last Updated: May 29, 2019