GRADUATE PUBLIC, NONPROFIT, AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE
The Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy offers a formally transcripted graduate certificate in Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership to meet the needs of individuals in formal public and nonprofit positions that require development of their leadership competencies and for individuals in informal community leadership positions who want to build their knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. The certificate is open to nondegree seeking students (with or without an undergraduate degree) as well as students formally admitted to the MA in Political Science and to upper division undergraduates seeking to get a head start on their graduate studies.
Students who successfully complete the certificate program would be allowed to transfer in the credits received in the certificate program to complete the Master’s Degree in Political Science with emphasis in Politics and Public Policy offered through the Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy in the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Transfer of credits would follow completion of the formal application for admission and follow the established review for acceptance of transfer credits.
Prospective students for programs other than the MA in Political Science with emphasis in Politics and Public Policy should verify with their proposed graduate program to determine the number of credit hours that may be accepted for transfer credit for other MA degrees.
Individuals who are not currently admitted students seeking the graduate Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate would use the “quick admit” feature online or the extended studies admissions form previously developed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students requesting admission to the MA in Political Science program would need to complete the application for admissions (undergraduate or graduate, respectively) and be formally admitted by the department (and Graduate School for prospective graduate students) prior to requesting transfer of their certificate credits for their degree program. Please note: completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership does not obligate the individual to pursue further education. The Certificate can be earned as a stand-alone University certificate, or it can be applied to a current or future degree program.
Currently admitted upper division undergraduates should schedule certificate advising appointments with the NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate. Then they may register for classes as usual.
Similarly, currently admitted MA students should schedule certificate advising appointments with the NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate. Then they may register for classes as usual.
9 credit hours must be successfully completed with a grade of B- or better. All courses are currently offered in the extended studies format at the University Center at Chaparral and on the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, CO.
- PSCI 5324: Politics, Public Policy, and Leadership
- PSCI 5644: Ethical Responsibilities of Leaders
- PSCI 5274: Conflict Resolution and Public Consent Building
- PSCI 5414: Organizational Change Agents
- PSCI 5374: Public Priorities for the 21st Century
- PSCI 5009: Politics of the Budgetary Process
- PSCI 5084: Local Government and Administration
*Please note, the required courses will be offered every year. Some combination of the elective courses will be provided each year to assure sufficient choice for certificate completion in that year.
Individuals pursuing this graduate certificate will take their classes through the Center for NEW DIRECTIONS’ extended studies program offered at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver (Wildlife Experience) or on the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango.