Jan 21, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Public Personnel Management [Graduate Certificate]


The Graduate Certificate in Public Personnel Management is a five-course (15 credit hours) curriculum designed to enhance career opportunities for human resources staff members, including those changing from entry-level, non-professional, professional, or technical roles to managerial roles. It is appropriate for most public (state, municipal, township, county, school district) and nonprofit (health, social services, arts) agencies.

Program Admission


Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.25 in the last half of the undergraduate program
  • A 250-word description of the applicant’s academic and professional history and professional goals in public administration

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program advisor prior to submitting their application if there are any questions about admission under the criteria above.

Application Process

Qualified applicants will be admitted to the fall and winter semesters on a rolling basis until the start of the term, but desired classes may not be available for students, and delays in securing official transcripts may also delay admission decisions. Please note that separate applications must be filed for the MPA program and any certificate programs that a student may be interested in pursuing, even if done concurrently.

Conditional Admission

Promising applicants with a minimum of five years of administrative experience who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must contact the program advisor prior to submitting their application. Applicants will be granted degree admission after completing at least three courses, two of which must be required courses for the program, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.

Department Information


Political Science Barbara Patrick, Ph.D., Department Head | 601 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3113, bpatric1@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Rose Jindal, MPA Coordinator, 601 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3113, rsoliven@emich.edu