City and County Management
This certificate is designed for those who are interested in a career in local government organizations (cities and counties) or in non-profit or private sector organizations that collaborate or serve local governments.
The certificate comprises four courses (12 credit hours) from the following:
- PUAD 851: Infrastructure Management (required for intern-option MPA students; elective for others)
- PUAD 852: Comparative Public Policy and Administration (elective)
- PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change (elective)
- PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology (elective)
- PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance (elective)
- PUAD 859: Service Management (elective)
- PUAD 860: Introduction to Sustainable Communities (elective)
- PUAD 892: Public Administration Internship (required for intern-option MPA students; not part of certificate for others)
- PUAD 898: Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement (required)
The School of Public Affairs and Administration accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply to be admitted for either the fall, summer or spring semesters.
Applicants for the certificate are required to have:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if the undergraduate degree was awarded in the last three years)
- At least three years of managerial experience or be already admitted to any graduate programs of KU or already have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution
- All international applicants and domestic non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency
Required application materials:
- KU online application
- Official transcripts
- Current resume
For students who do not have a master’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, three letters of reference are required.