City & County Management Certificate

Local government is increasingly being described as the level of government “where things get done.”

This certificate is designed for those who are interested in a career in local government organizations (cities and counties) or in non-profit or private sector organizations that collaborate or serve local governments.

It offers broad coverage of the leadership and management skills that local government professionals need as well as more in-depth instruction on key issues facing modern communities.


  • The certificate is comprised of 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours.
  • Other courses may be substituted with approval of the MPA Faculty Director. 
  • Students who wish to pursue both the City and County Management and Public and Nonprofit Management graduate certificates must seek approval from the MPA Faculty Director.
  • PUAD 834 Human Resources Management will count toward both certificates, but the student must take one additional elective to meet the 12 credit-hour completion requirement for each.
  • Otherwise, students pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count towards both certificates.

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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Other Graduate Certificates

Required Courses

(9 credit hours)


Elective Course Options

1 course (3 credit hours) from the following or another department-approved graduate course:



See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

Questions about  MPA Program?

Program and admission information
Derek Bixler, Graduate Program Coordinator

Issues submitting application
KU Graduate Studies

Internship & professional development
Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Programming Manager