Admission to the Certificate Program is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's educational needs and career objectives. To apply for the Certificate program applicants must be accepted as a student-at-large (SAL) in the Graduate School in order to register for courses at NIU. This process includes completing a SAL application and submitting an official transcript showing that the applicant holds a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution.

In addition, the applicant must complete and submit to the Division of Public Administration the following:

  • An admissions form furnished by the Division of Public Administration.
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s work experience in the public sector.
  • A brief statement indicating how the applicant’s career objectives can be enhanced by completing the certificate.
  • One professional reference from a current supervisor stating applicant’s ability to perform graduate level work and potential for leadership.