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Public Affairs Leadership Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Public Affairs Leadership PBac Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership offers mid-career professionals specific knowledge and skills in leadership, management, public policy, and analysis to succeed in today's challenging environment. Intended for working professionals, the program allows students to complete a professional certificate in an integrative cohort format in nine months. The certificate stands on its own or can be a stepping stone to the mid-career Master of Public Affairs degree. The Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership is offered in a unique combination of on campus and online sessions, making it convenient for students from outside of the Twin Cities area to participate. The program starts with an intensive, introductory week in August, followed by monthly Friday-Saturday meetings from September to May. This cohort approach combines the intensity and depth of in-person instruction paired with the convenience of online coursework.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment is required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
At least 10 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience is preferred and highly recommended. Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap between completion of high school and the bachelor's degree. Sufficient prior academic preparation as demonstrated in a four-year bachelor's degree. A complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, TOEFL scores (when applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and a diversity statement.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
PA 5051 - Cohort Leadership I (2.0 cr)
PA 5052 - Cohort Leadership II (2.0 cr)
PA 5053 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis I (2.0 cr)
PA 5054 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis II (2.0 cr)
PA 5055 - Cohort Analytics I (2.0 cr)
PA 5056 - Cohort Analytics II (2.0 cr)
 
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PA 5051 - Cohort Leadership I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Leadership theories, tools, and strategies in global context for the mid-career student. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5051-5052 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5052 - Cohort Leadership II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continues 5051. Leadership theories, tools, and strategies in global context for the mid-career student. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5051-5052 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5053 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Process of public policy and program analysis, including problem formulation, program design and implementation. Opportunity to draw upon published research and conduct field-based research to understand implementation conditions. Professional communications, including writing of memos, requests for proposals, and implementation briefs, are stressed. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5053-5054 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5054 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continues 5053. Process of public policy and program analysis, including problem formulation, program design and implementation. Opportunity to draw upon published research and conduct field-based research to understand implementation conditions. Professional communications, including writing of memos, requests for proposals, and implementation briefs, are stressed. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5053-5054 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5055 - Cohort Analytics I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Problem-based learning of analytical reasoning through social science research methods. Systematic review and literature review. Qualitative research including interviews, focus groups, and analysis. Research proposal. prereq: Major in public affairs or public affairs certificate, [5055-5056 must be taken in same academic yr]
PA 5056 - Cohort Analytics II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Problem-based learning to analytical reasoning through social science research methods. Frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary probability, statistical inference. Hypothesis testing. Cross-tabulation, analysis of variance, correlation. Simple regression analysis. prereq: Major in public affairs or public affairs certificate, [5055-5056 must be taken in same academic yr]