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Election Administration Undergraduate Certificate

HHH Politics and Governance Academic Program
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 12
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The undergraduate certificate in election administration is primarily geared to professional election officials across the country who have not received an undergraduate degree and preparing them for higher-level positions in election administration. Students will acquire and develop the skills and knowledge of election operations and procedures they need to further their existing careers in election administration. All courses are offered in an online format and include topics such as election law, election design, and voter participation.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
The ideal candidate for the undergraduate certificate in election administration program will have 45 college credits or a minimum of 1 year of work experience in election administration or a related field. A complete application will include: - Application form - College transcripts (if applicable) - Resume (including statement of election administration experience or related field if applicable) - Personal Statement - A valid TOEFL or IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 100 (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS) for international students.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Maintain a minimum of 2.8 GPA to remain in good standing in the program.
Required Courses
PA 3969 - Survey of Election Administration (3.0 cr)
PA 3972 - Elections and the Law (3.0 cr)
PA 3973 - Strategic Management of Election Administration (2.0 cr)
PA 3974 - Election Administration Capstone Project (2.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PA 3975 - Election Design (2.0 cr)
· PA 3982 - Data Analysis for Election Administration (2.0 cr)
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PA 3969 - Survey of Election Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02584 - PA 3969/PA 5971
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of building blocks of election administration, from voter registration to recounts.
PA 3972 - Elections and the Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories and basic structure of the American legal system. Experience with basic tools and skills for using the law to understand and analyze issues facing election administrators across the nation. Use of election-related and non-election related materials to prepare election administrators for interacting with counsel, legislators and the courts in carrying out their responsibilities.
PA 3973 - Strategic Management of Election Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02585 - PA 3973/PA 5973
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Strategic management for election administrators in the political environment. Election official tools and challenges. The role of the lawmaking process in budgeting and organizational planning.
PA 3974 - Election Administration Capstone Project
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report of an election administration issue or problem in jurisdiction of student's choice. Research best practices and possible solutions. Final paper or presentation with findings.
PA 3975 - Election Design
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Election administration design principles, including ballot and polling place design and poll worker training materials. Application of principles of field.
PA 3982 - Data Analysis for Election Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evidence-based election administration. Collection and analysis of quantitative data to solve problems and identify opportunities for improvement. Emphasis on pre-election forecasting for planning purposes and post-election auditing of election results.