Certificate Programs

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.

Certificate in Early Childhood Policy: Additional requirements

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

Certificate in Election Administration: Additional requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • All post secondary transcripts
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less, double spaced, discussing your educational and professional experiences and goals related to elections and their administration

Certificate in Human Services Leadership: Additional Requirements 

  • At least eight years of professional work experience

Certificate in Nonprofit Management: Additional Requirements

Applicants to the Nonprofit Management certificate program 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.

Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay: Additional requirements

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.

Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership: Additional requirements

  • 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.

Estimated Costs

Information is currently being updated, please visit OneStop and download the 2015-16 Graduate tuition fact sheet. Information for Certificate tuition can be found in the bottom right corner on the first page.

Admissions

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

612-624-3800