Certificate Program Requirements

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment. We consider many factors when choosing applicants for admission, including:

  • Your prior academic achievement
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (if required)
  • Your professional, leadership, and community/public service experience
  • Your commitment to a career in public affairs or planning
  • The fit between your interests and goals, and the programs at the Humphrey School
  • Your potential contribution to the diversity of views and experiences represented at the Humphrey School

Prerequisites for all Certificate Programs

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended.
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Early Childhood Policy

There are no additional requirements for the Certificate in Early Childhood Policy. Applicants need only meet prerequisites for all certificate programs, indicated above. 

Election Administration

  • Resume or CV
  • If you have a bachelor's degree: all post secondary transcripts
  • If you do not have a bachelor's degree: either one year of elections administration work OR 45 college credits
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less, double spaced, discussing your educational and professional experiences and goals related to election administration

Learn more about the Certificate in Election Administration.

Nonprofit Management

Applicants to the Certificate in Nonprofit Management must include documentation regarding their two years of relevant paid/volunteer/internship experience within their resume, and also preferably within their personal statement if possible.

  • Describe what has contributed to your interest in the nonprofit management certificate program.
  • Discuss what you plan to be doing in your career in the next two to five years.
  • Discuss a current issue in nonprofit management that is of particular interest to you. Identify your experience in working with individuals and/or groups who are culturally or racially different than you.
  • Documentation of two years of paid or unpaid experience in a nonprofit organization in one or more of the following areas: management of a budget, supervision of staff, development of programs (implementation and evaluation), fundraising, grant writing, regular participation in board meetings, and/or on board committees.

Policy Issues on Work and Pay

There are no additional requirements for the Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay. Applicants need only meet prerequisites for all certificate programs, indicated above.

Public Affairs Leadership

  • At least 10 years of post baccalaureate professional work experience.
  • Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap (15 years or more) between completion of high school and college.

Learn more about the Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership.

Estimated Costs

2018–2019 Tuition Rates
Resident
Nonresident
Certificate in Election Administration
Per credit$946.00$1,156.00
Certificate in Early Childhood Policy
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Human Services Leadership
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Per credit$1,155.00$1,667.00
10-15 credits$11,550.00$16,670.00
Each credit over 15$1,155.00$1,667.00
Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00

Cost of tuition for certificate programs can be found on the OneStop graduate tuition page. For cost of attendance visit the OneStop estimated costs page.

Admissions

225 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-3800