Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Local Government Administration, Certificate (1745)

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Program Coordinator

Shannon K. Vaughan,, (270) 745-2908

The graduate certificate in Local Government Administration prepares students for careers in local government administration. The two (2) required courses rely on a foundation of Public Administrative theory relevant to the current issues and skills necessary for effective and responsible local government administration. In addition to the two (2) required courses, the program allows students to choose two (2) elective courses from a selection of courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Substitutions for these course may be made with consent of the advisor. Students applying to the Graduate School at WKU can elect to pursue the graduate certificate in Local Government Administration either by itself or in conjunction with a graduate program in a selected discipline.

Program Admission

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (12 hours)

Required Courses
PS 526Local Government Administration3
PS 528Civic Engagement and E-Governance3
Elective Courses 1
Select 6 hours from the following6
Kentucky Government and Politics
Elements of Public Administration
Cultural Competencies for Public Administrators
Cross-Sector Collaboration & Conflict
Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation
Total Hours12