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Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

What is the Local Government Management Certificate?

The Local Government Management Certificate provides cutting edge knowledge and management skills for mayors, managers, department heads, supervisors and other local government professionals.  The graduate certificate offers new opportunity for municipal professionals seeking advanced education and career advancement.

RECOGNIZED.  Courses are part of the fully-accredited Master of Public Administration program, and taught by faculty experts.

CAREER IMPACT.  Professionals with the certificate have an opportunity to distinguish themselves as administrators with the knowledge and skills to succeed as effective and wise leaders in local government.

What classes are included in the curriculum for the certificate?

The certificate requires 15 hours of graduate coursework for completion, three core courses and two electives.  Most courses may be taken either on campus or online. 

  1. Core Local Government Management Courses, 9 hours:
  • PADM 6221, Urban Administration
  • PADM 7602, Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PADM 7224, Seminar in Urban Problems
  • PADM 7605, Human Resources Administration
  • PADM 7612, Program and Policy Evaluation
  • PADM 7603, Public and Nonprofit Contract Administration
  • PLAN 7000, Introduction to Planning
  • PLAN 7202, Land Use Planning
  • POLS 6222, Urban Politics
  1. Electives, 6 hours.The elective courses will be selected with the student and their advisor. Some elective courses may not be available in online format.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Coursework for the certificate can usually be completed in a 12-18 month time frame. Students must take two courses (6 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters and one additional course (3 hours) in the summer, spring or fall.

Can I do the certificate and still work full time?

Scheduling for the certificate is designed for the working professional.  Classes are offered either on campus one night a week or online format.

How much does the certificate cost?

Tuition and fees for the certificate are the same as regular graduate tuition for the University of Memphis.  There is no additional fee for enrolling in the program.  The fee schedule is available on the UM web site

Can I earn the certificate while I am enrolled in another degree program at University of Memphis? 

Yes. The certificate may complement a course of graduate study in a different field. As such, applicants may be enrolled in another graduate degree program. Please contact the Certificate Advisor (below) for more information.

How do I apply for admission to the certificate program?

Applicants seeking the certificate must first be admitted to the University of Memphis Graduate School through the regular application process. For most students seeking the graduate certificate only, admission will be as a graduate, non-degree seeking student.

Applicants will also need to send some materials directly to the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

Please click here to download our APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Who will be my advisor for the certificate program?


Dr. Sharon Wrobel
122 McCord Hall



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