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Public Administration – State and Local Administration

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Public Administration Certificate in State and Local Administration


In an effort to give its students the opportunity to expand and deepen their expertise in data analysis and grant writing/grant administration, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers two graduate-level certificate programs. Both four-course programs are available for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree, including those AUM students currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program.

The Certificate in State and Local Administration focuses on the policymaking and implementation challenges affecting state and local governments and provides hands-on training in grant writing and grants administration.

This certificate program requires completion of four courses from five currently offered:

  • PUAD 6040 Public and Nonprofit Budgeting
  • PUAD 6130 State and Local Government
  • PUAD 6160 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PUAD 6310 Policy and Politics in Urban America
  • PUAD 6720 Grants and Contracts
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AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.


We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.


AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.


We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Degree Name

Public Administration Certificate in State and Local Administration

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Andrew Cortell

Professor and Chair


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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