The Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management is an 18-credit hour program offered fully online by the College of Public Service to serve the professional needs of individuals working in public, private and non-profit agencies concerned with efficient and effective management at the local government level (town, city, and county governments). The program assists students in conceptualizing the changing world of local government management. College faculty design and teach courses that have a practical, applied orientation, and that pertain to the local government management dynamics unique to Middle Tennessee. The Certificate is offered as a stand-alone credential and as part of the MPA curriculum.
All applicants to graduate programs in the College of Public Service must also consult the Graduate School policies detailed at the beginning of the Graduate Catalog, which pertains to all TSU graduate students. All students are expected to be familiar with and to adhere to both Graduate School policies and specific departmental requirements for their degree and/or graduate certificate. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate courses taken at Tennessee State University is required for successful completion of graduate certificates or graduate degree programs; individual programs may also have more restrictive policies as detailed in their Catalog section (for example, C grades in core courses are not accepted for the Ph.D. in public administration). We abide by Graduate School policies including those regarding retention, probation, suspension, and time limitations for degrees (see the front matter of this Catalog). Per Graduate School policy, a given course in our programs may be repeated one time only, and the second grade will replace the first. A student may repeat a maximum of two (2) courses in a given program for the purpose of improving grades.
To be considered for admission, applicants for the Graduate Certificate must provide: (1) a completed Application for Admission to the Graduate School; (2) application fee; (3) one official transcript of undergraduate work showing the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university showing at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. The admission decision will be based on the entire academic and professional record after the conditions specified here have been met. Applicants will be granted unconditional admission if the overall record (based on the above variables) indicates a high potential for success in the program. The graduate certificate is not a degree, and certificate completers do not walk at Commencement ceremonies unless they are completing a degree program at the same time.
Students admitted to the certificate program who wish to apply their certificate credits toward completion of the MPA degree must also apply for the MPA degree, meet all MPA admission standards, and be admitted.
Each student will be assigned an adviser upon official admission; advisors are listed by program responsibility on the department website. Students should consult with their advisors prior to registering for classes in each term of enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the advisor when consultation is needed.