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The Certificate in Public Communication, Public Policy and Public Leadership is an option available to students in the Public Administration or Communication Studies graduate programs. It is also available for advanced undergraduate students already majoring in either Political Science or Communication.
For Graduate Students. The 15-hour certification program is intended to support graduate students wishing to advance the public interest, locally and globally, through policy analysis and formulation, the focusing and articulation of public issues, and leadership. Graduate Public Administration students will take three Communication and two Public Administration courses. Graduate Communication students will take three Public Administration courses and two Communication courses. Students pursuing the certificate will enroll in a combination of graduate Public Administration and Communication courses beyond the traditional master’s or bachelor’s degree.
For Undergraduate Students. The 12-hour certification program is intended for advanced undergraduates; juniors and seniors take two Public Administration core courses and two Communications core courses. (Five-year undergraduate students pay the undergraduate rate). No prerequisites are required for undergraduate students already majoring in Political Science or a communications program.