Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Lead and manage nonprofit and governmental urban organizations and programs that exist to meet the needs of their urban communities effectively and in entrepreneurial and innovative ways.
  • Engage in sophisticated decision making to effectively address the long term needs and interests of communities, organizations, and their stakeholders.
  • Engage, interact, and effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with diverse constituencies and audiences.

Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy and Administration

The Department of Public Affairs offers an 18 credit hour professional Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy and Administration. This certificate may be earned alone or in combination with another graduate degree at UMKC and is especially appropriate for those who aspire to a successful career leading and managing local and regional government or community-based nonprofit organizations.

Admission requirements are the same as those required for admission to the department's regular M.P.A. program. Those who are students in good standing in a UMKC graduate degree program and who have completed at least nine hours of graduate credit with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA are eligible to participate in this certificate program without meeting any additional admission requirements.

Curriculum for the Urban Policy and Administration Certificate:

PUB-ADM 5526The Politics Of Administration3
PUB-ADM 5535Urban Policy And Administration3
PUB-ADM 5539Urban Planning for Public Administrators3
PUB-ADM 5540Metropolitan Governance3
PUB-ADM 5548Leadership For Public Service3
Select at least one of the following:
Managing Urban Economic Development
Community Organizations And Public Policy
Total Credits18