Public Administration Graduate Certificate


Indiana State University offers an online graduate certificate program in public 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.).

  • The online Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is a 12-credit-hour program that can be that can be completed entirely online.
  • Students are awarded a Public Administration Graduate Certificate upon completion of four courses. The minimum time to completion is two semesters, taking two courses per semester. However, students may choose to take longer to complete the certificate. Courses required for the certificate are offered during Fall and Spring semesters, as well as during an eight-week summer term.
  • Credit earned in the Public Administration Certificate Program may be applied toward the master of public administration (M.P.A.).
  • This program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses

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).

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

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005