Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy


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EKU Online > Online Public Administration Degrees & Certificates > Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy

Leverage Your Interests and Experience

Build a customized certificate to enhance your public service background. EKU’s 100% online applied policy certificate offers students the opportunity to blend a variety of specialization areas that maximize strengths and on-the-job experiences, providing a competitive edge in the job market.

Benefits of EKU Online

Providing a program that can be tailored to your career goals, EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as public sector leadership, public finance administration, human resources management, policy analysis and program evaluation, and administration, ethics and public policy.

EKU has received national reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the only accrediting body for US programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs, and has recently moved into international accreditation.

Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality education in public administration. It also means that we consistently identify and track the knowledge, skills, and abilities we expect our students to achieve.

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Open the Door to Rewarding Career Opportunities

Public administration programs prepare students to work in social service and government agencies. From developing programs and resources for low-income individuals and families to serving in public office, MPA graduates have a competitive edge in the job market.  MPA programs provide essential skills for today’s work environment and allow you to bring your on-the-job experience into the classroom, helping you make your mark as a public servant.

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Put your experience to work for you and set yourself apart with a customized certificate to compliment the skillsets you have, while positioning yourself to hone the skills you need to propel your career forward.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate.

View the applied policy certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.

POL 835 – Intergovernmental Relations (3)
An examination of the institutions, concepts, and problems of intergovernmental relations and the American federal system

POL 845 – Community Development (3)
Examines developmental efforts on community level in the United States; relates community development to community organization and examines current efforts, especially those based on the concept of self-help, to generate and implement community development programs

POL 847 – Grant Writing (3)
The study of grant writing processes involving federal and foundation grants as they apply to the public and non-profit sector

HLS 810 – Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis (3)
Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management


Amanda Stoddard

Amanda Stoddard

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Amanda Stoddard for information about the Public Administration Master’s Degree program and Applied Policy Certificate.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 1 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A December 5 January
Spring B March 5 March
Summer A May 1 May
Summer B June 5 June


Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the criteria listed below may qualify for “Clear Admission” to the MPA program.
Applicants must:

  • submit a complete application
  • meet the general requirements of both the Graduate School and MPA program
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), or 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours. In addition, applicants are expected to have verbal scores of 146 or above, and quantitative scores of 140 or above on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from the GRE requirement
  • provide two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience
  • submit a statement of career goals and objectives

Students who fail to meet the targeted GPA or GRE scores specified above may be granted a probationary admission. The minimum condition for transfer from probationary admission status to clear admission status is the successful completion of at least nine hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and with no more than one grade, regardless of the number of course credit hours, of “C” or lower. Students must be removed from probationary admission prior to registering in any course work beyond an initial 12 hours. At least six hours of the first 12 hours must be in the common MPA core.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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EKU Online was right for me because it set a standard. It helped me stay focused. It helped me get here today. My master’s in public administration is going to help me achieve my career goals.

Maya JacksonEKU Online MPA Graduate

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