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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates are a way to delve into specialized areas of public administration theory and practice. They are structured to provide a condensed version of the specific skills and knowledge to advance in particular professional fields.  By successfully completing a prescribed group of courses encompassing twelve credit hours, you can earn a graduate certificate. Courses taken in a graduate certificate program and recognition of the earned certificate will be posted on your transcript.  Graduate certificates may have additional prerequisites and admission restrictions.  Please visit the specific graduate certificate page for more information.

Most certificates can be earned in conjunction with your graduate degree or as a stand-alone certification and may focus in a specialized area, including:


Current School of Public Administration and Affairs graduate students who wish to earn a graduate certificate credential in City and County Management or Performance Management with their degree will request a program addition via email to MPA Program Manager and Advisor, Cari Ann Kreienhop.  Graduate certificates affiliated with other departments may have other graduate certificate admission processes in place for current graduate students; please contact the home departments for more information.

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students in the School of Public Affairs and Administration must complete an application to Graduate Studies for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the City & County Management or Performance Management graduate certificate program. This 1-2 page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, career goals, and how this certificate will bolster your professional aspirations.
  • Official transcripts of baccalaureate degree/s and any post-baccalaureate course work.