Political Science and Public Administration

Certificate in Municipal Administration


The primary purpose of this certification is to strengthen the professional management skills of personnel in responsible local government administrative positions. These include supervisors, department heads, administrative assistants and others who need more management training to enhance their career prospects. Students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program may also use their electives to receive this certificate. In addition, this certificate program is appropriate for graduate students in geography and planning and civil engineering who wish to improve their knowledge of administration.


Municipal Administration Certificate (12 hours of which 6 hours are from required courses):

  • PSC 5320 Urban Politics and Administration (3 hours, required)
  • PSC 5360 Ethics in Public Administration (3 hours)
  • PSC 5410 Public and Nonprofit Management (3 hours, required)
  • PSC 5430 Human Resources Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • PSC 5440 Budgeting and Financial Administration (3 hours)
  • PSC 6420 Program Evaluation (3 hours)
  • PSC 6430 Public Policy Process (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5110 Geographic Information Systems (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5180 Geographic Information Systems Applications (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5210 Land Use Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5530 Principles of Urban Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5750 Transportation Geography (3 hours)
  • Other related graduate electives approved by the MPA director

Note: Currently enrolled MPA students may not apply their required courses (PSC 5430, PSC 5440 and PSC 6430) toward this certificate.



  • To prepare for a management career in a local government, such as a municipality, village, township or county.
  • To keep abreast of changes in local government policies, management and organizations.
  • To enhance skills in such essential areas as local government finance, service delivery and management.
  • To increase opportunities for promotion to higher level administrative or managerial positions.


  • Course requirements in the program must be completed within a three-year period.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • The certification can be completed independently of a regular graduate degree program, such as the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Arts (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students seeking to complete the certificate within a regular graduate degree program must first meet all the standards for admission to each program and apply to each program.


Applications are available online at https://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/apply/.


  1. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities you have attended (both graduate and undergraduate);
  2. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;
  3. GRE and TOEFL scores: GRE scores are not required. However, in addition to the requirements for regular admission,  all applicants from non-English speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration requires a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or a IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals. Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the last five years must submit at least one academic letter;
  5. A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Daniel Boden, Graduate Certificate Director

Last Updated: 6/23/21