Law & Society
Through the completion of this certificate, students will gain in-depth knowledge of how law intersects with and influences the practice of public administration and public policy-making and implementation. Students will learn how public administrators can work more effectively with knowledge of legal history and legal policy, how law shapes managerial processes, how it shapes government and the system of justice, and how it affects ordinary people in every walk of life. The knowledge gained through the courses in the Law and Society certificate will prepare students for work in a variety of settings, including criminal justice organizations, non-profits, policy think tanks, political institutions, and public administrative agencies of all kinds. While all students are welcome to apply, this graduate certificate's course work is only offered at the Edwards Campus.
The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Faculty Director. Student pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count toward both certificates.
Required Courses (6 credit hours):
The 2 electives (6 credit hours) must be selected from the following: