Graduate Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Community Processes offers graduate students and professionals a unique opportunity to develop expertise in how spatial and relational communities form and function in today’s society.  This certificate is offered jointly by the departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rural Sociology, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and the School of Law.  For more information, visit the Division of Applied Social Sciences, Graduate Certificate in Community Processes page.

Students learn winning grant-writing techniques and proper grant management.  The certificate can be completed online.

Courses

  • PUB_AF 8830: Grant Writing I (Offered Fall and Summer Only)
  • PUB_AF 8831: Grant Writing II
  • PUB_AF 8832: Sponsor Relationships
  • PUB_AF 8833: Grant Award Management

This certificate teaches students how to meet more rigorous expectations for oversight and accountability, financial management and program success in the nonprofit world.  The certificate can be completed online.

Courses

  • PUB_AF 8520: Human Resource Management and Development in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • PUB_AF 8710: The Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector
  • PUB_AF 8720: Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector
  • The student will select an additional elective course (from the Truman School or another MU graduate unit) in consultation with the certificate coordinator.

Students will gain the skills to become ethical and responsible leaders who can effectively manage people, budgets and organizations.  This certificate can be completed in Jefferson City, and it can also be completed online.

Courses

  • PUB_AF 8520: Human Resource Management and Development in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • *PUB_AF 8510: Public Budgeting and Taxation
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PUB_AF 8530: Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations: People, Information, and Money
    • PUB_AF 8540: Local Government Management
  • **The student will select an additional elective course (from the Truman School or another MU graduate unit) in consultation with the certificate coordinator.

*Students enrolled in the School of Law may substitute LAW 5727: Tax Exempt Organizations for Pub_Af 8510: Public Budgeting and Taxation.

**Students enrolled in the School of Law may use LAW 5450: Conflict and Conflict Management as the additional elective course.

Individuals from any academic background may benefit from a greater understanding of the processes surrounding policy development and implementation.  The public policy certificate helps students understand the politics surrounding policy decisions related to a specific field, and it develops students' ability to be involved in policy making.

Courses

  • PUB_AF 8170: Public Policy Processes and Strategies
  • PUB_AF 8430: Public Policy Analysis
    • (*requires PUB_AF 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs and PUB_AF 8181 Research Methods II as prerequisites, or equivalent. These courses may not be used as the additional courses for the certificate.)
  • The student will take two additional Policy related courses (6 credit hours) from the Truman School, such as PUB_AF 8420 Program Evaluation, or from another MU graduate unit in consultation with the certificate coordinator.

This certificate provides students with comparative institutional and economic foundations, understanding of the complexities of governance and policy-making internationally, academic knowledge relevant to public affairs and applied international experience.

This certificate is ideal for students interested in studying and consulting for organizations.  The program gives students a conceptual framework for analyzing organizations, organizational cultures and organizational dynamics, coupled with methods for intervening and changing organizations.

Courses

  • PUB_AF 8170: Public Policy Processes and Strategies
  • PUB_AF 8430: Public Policy Analysis
    • (*requires PUB_AF 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs and PUB_AF 8181 Research Methods II as prerequisites, or equivalent. These courses may not be used as the additional courses for the certificate.)
  • The student will take two additional Policy related courses (6 credit hours) from the Truman School, such as PUB_AF 8420 Program Evaluation, or from another MU graduate unit in consultation with the certificate coordinator.

**Note:  The Truman School is temporarily not accepting applications for certificate programs in Global Public Affairs and Organizational Consulting & Change.