The Local Government program can be taken as either a stand-alone graduate certification program or as a concentration within the school’s Master of Public Administration curriculum.
Non-degree students can earn the Certificate in Local Government by successfully completing 15 credit hours from courses offered and approved by the faculty in the Local Government Concentration.
Since the mid-1980s, when the USA and other countries began devolving government responsibilities down from the federal and state to the local level, local government has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of public sector employment across the country. Local government includes cities, towns, counties, special districts, authorities and many other types of jurisdictions. Employment opportunities in these governments range from managers and budget analysts to people engaged with developing human resources and programs.
The Local Government Concentration allows Master of Public Administration students to develop an understanding of management and policy making and to develop skills for working in local government. Students graduating with a concentration in Local Government will:
- Develop an understanding of the political traditions and institutional structuring of local governments.
- Understand how local governments function within the intergovernmental system, as well as through partnerships with the private and nonprofit sectors.
- Develop skills necessary to be an effective manager in the local government context.
Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Local Government within a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program must apply and enroll in the MPA within the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and must adhere to all master degree program requirements.