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 MPA Program. The certificate requirements include 3 required courses and 2 electives. One elective may be fulfilled by the demonstration of recognized accomplishment in the practice of election administration.

Required Classes
POLI-6270* Election Administration (3 credit hours)
POLI-6170* Election Law (3 credit hours)
POLI-6150* Intergovernmental Relations (3 credit hours)

Take 2 from List
POLI-6180* Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
POLI-6340* Theory and Practice of Mediation (3 credit hours)
POLI-6370* NonProfit Administration and Management (3 credit hours)
POLI-7050 State Politics (3 credit hours)
POLI-7330 Administrative Leadership, Responsibility, and Democratic Government (3 credit hours)
COMP-7970 Computer Engineering (special topic on electronic voting equipment) (3 credit hours)
Practice of Election Administration** (see below)

*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.

**Practice of Election Administration:

Practitioners can use the following to fulfill one of the two electives:

a. Active professional certification as an election administrator or voter registrar through the CERA program conducted by The Election Center in partnership with the Auburn MPA Program; and

b. At least one presentation of professional work at a national or regional forum that is recognized by the field for its merit and contribution to the field of election administration and voter registration; examples include best practices and research findings.

Graduate Certificate in NonProfit Organizations and Community Governance

Required Classes
POLI-6370* NonProfit Administration and Management (3 credit hours)
POLI-6350* NonProfit Law and Governance (3 credit hours)
POLI-7920 Internship or POLI-7930 MPA Research Project (3 credits) -- must relate to NonProfit Organizations

Take 2 from List
POLI-6150* Intergovernmental Relations
POLI-6180* Administrative Law
POLI-6340* Mediation
POLI-6510* Race and Politics
POLI-7050 State Politics
POLI-7330 Administrative Leadership
POLI-7520 Program Evaluation

Graduate Minor in Economic Development

Minor Coordinator
Ms. Amelia Stehouwer, ECDI, 334-844-4704

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

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

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
8030-C Haley Center

Last Updated: October 03, 2018