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Office of Admissions
Indiana State University
318 North 6th St. (Welcome Center)
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

1-800-GO-TO-ISU
www.indstate.edu/admissions admissions@indstate.edu

Office of Distance Learning
Indiana State University
318 North 6th St. (Welcome Center)
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

1-800-GO-TO-ISU
www.indstate.edu/distance distance@indstate.edu

Public/Public Personnel Administration Graduate Certificates

Description:

Indiana State University offers graduate certificate programs in public administration and public personnel administration for students or working professionals who want to continue their education or obtain an additional certification that can be applied toward the master of public administration (M.P.A.).

  • Each of the PA certificate programs is a 12-credit-hour program that can be that can be completed entirely via distance education.
  • Students are awarded a PA Graduate Certificate upon completion of four courses, which can be completed in two semesters, or in one semester and a summer session.
  • Credit earned in either certificate program may be applied toward the master of public administration (M.P.A.).

Required Courses:

All courses are offered on-line. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

[ public administration courses ]  [ public personnel administration courses ]

Admission Requirements:

Indiana State University encourages submission of applications from students with professional experience in public and/or nonprofit administration or management.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor degree in any field and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 from an accredited institution of higher learning, documented by the student's transcripts

Accreditation:

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Public Administration Program was established as a semi-autonomous unit within ISU's Department of Political Science in 1976. The full-time director of the public administration program manages both the M.P.A. degree program and the two PA certificate programs, and advises students. The program is currently a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and is associated with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to admissions@indstate.edu
  3. Graduate Record Examination test scores, or scores from other standardized examinations, are not required although the applicant may at his or her discretion submit test scores for consideration. All test scores for the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) submitted for consideration are to be sent to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  4. Submit a $35.00 (nonrefundable) application fee, payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  5. International applicants may be required to demonstrate competence in that language. In such cases, the applicant will be requested to submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency. Submit scores to Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  6. Students who are admitted will be notified by the University. Admitted students will also receive information that will permit them to enter and use the Sycamore Login information system. After consultation with the M.P.A. director, students may then use the system to enroll online. For further information about using ISU's internal information system, contact the Office of Admissions, (812) 237-2121, 1-800-GO-TO-ISU, or studentservices@indstate.edu

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.

Deadlines:

The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program accepts applications for student enrollment throughout the year. There are no application deadlines. Applicants should receive admission decisions from Public Administration Program within one full calendar month of the application submission.

Fees & Expenses:

[ current fee rates ]

Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

Dr. Stan Buchanan, Associate Professor
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Indiana State University
Holmstedt Hall, room 306
Terre Haute, IN 47809
812-237-2437
mpa@indstate.edu


Distance Education Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU distance education programs may not be available in all states. Currently, distance programs are not offered in the states of Arkansas and Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.