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Graduate Certificate in Local Government Administration

The Department of Political Science now offers a graduate certificate in Local Government Administration.  The certificate can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the pursuit of the master's in public administration or a graduate degree in another field. Course credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to the MPA.  It is possible for students to complete their MPA with an emphasis in Local Government Management and receive the graduate certificate without completing additional coursework.


While local governments are facing greater demands, they have limited resources to meet these increased expectations. Enhanced professionalism and efficiency play a central role in the ability of local government and local government officials to address these challenges. The graduate certificate in Local Government Administration will help develop skills and knowledge needed to increase the effectiveness of local governments.


The Local Government Administration Certificate highlights the basics of local government administration, while also addressing emerging trends in areas like e-governance.  The certificate requires 12 hours and can be earned online within a period of one year. 


PS 526 Local Government Administration 
Offered Online Spring 2019 
PS 528 Civic Engagement & E-Governance
Offered Online Fall 2018, Online Fall 2019
PS 512 Kentucky Government & Politics
PS 520 Elements of Public Administration
Online January 2019, Study Away Summer 2019, Face-to-Face & IVS Fall 2019
PS 550 Cultural Competencies for Public Administrators
Offered Online Winter 2020
PS 554 Cross-Sector Collaboration & Conflict
Offered Online Summer 2019
PS 562 Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation
Offered Face-to-Face & IVS Spring 2019


An additional elective will be offered online Summer 2019.




For additional information about the graduate certificate in Local Government Administration, please contact Shannon Vaughan at shannon.vaughan@wku.edu


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The MPA program prepares graduate students from diverse backgrounds to be productive leaders and managers in public service by sharing knowledge, encouraging excellence in research and practice, and fostering an environment of professionalism within the communities we serve. 

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