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2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration Executive Leadership Certificate

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The Public Administration Executive Leadership certificate is an online 18-credit program of study designed for working professionals in governmental or nonprofit leadership positions that are defined as, or similar to, but not limited to, the federal definition for executive service adopted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2012. The certificate intends to train and educate participants in successful leadership skills necessary for carrying out the business of government based on proven methods of managing human and budgetary resources in complex organizations.


All applicants to graduate programs in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs 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.

Admission Process

The Public Administration Executive Leadership certificate may be pursued by students who apply independently, or an agency may contact the department discuss arrangements for a cohort of their staff members (who must meet admissions criteria below) to complete the certificate.

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.


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.

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