• Certificate in European Union Studies
      Overview

      Aside from a certificate earned at one's home institution, students have an opportunity to acquire a certificate jointly conferred with a European institution. This option requires students to complete--with a grade of "B" or better--a minimum of two online courses that are co-taught by European faculty. In other words, the certificate is bestowed by two institutions, one in Georgia and one in Europe. The benefit is that students obtain a credential from a respected university in Europe, the University of Munich.

      Learning Outcomes
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the historical origins and development of the EU.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the EU's governing institutions.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the EU's policymaking processes.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of current EU policies and issues.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of EU-USA relations.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the EU as a global actor.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the EU as a model for regional integration.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of particular aspects of the EU or European integration.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the EU in comparative scope.
      • Students will demonstrate the ability to find and process information about Europe and the European Union.
      • Students will demonstrate the ability to make connections between issues normally relegated to a single discipline and view the EU in a multidiciplinary way.
        Students will demonstrate real world experience of the European Union via completion of a proactium.
      Admission
      • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
      • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
      • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
      • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
      Coursework

      The curriculum has four mandatory components and one option:

      A. Introduction to the EU. The first course that should be taken in the program.
      B. Multidisciplinary Menu. Four courses selected from a menu of choices.
      C. Capstone Seminar. The last course taken that unifies the program's curriculum.
      D. Practicum Experience. A hands-on internship or study abroad course.
      E. Areas of Distinction. Optional distinctions for foreign language training or honors thesis.

    • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development
      Overview

      The Nonprofit and Community Development certificate is designed for students who want to learn how to establish, administer, or work for non-governmental and non-profit organizations. While conventional certificate programs have an exclusively managerial focus, our program supplements managerial training by also equipping students with the theoretical and practical skills to engage in grassroots advocacy.

      Coursework

      Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development after completing 15 graduate semester credit hours as specified below:  

      Foundation course:

      • POLS 5215: Management of Nonprofit Organizations

      "Those students who have taken POLS 4215 (management  of nonprofit organizations) with a grade of C or higher at UWG can substitute POLS 5215 with other elective courses in the program"

      One course in financial management:

      • ACCT 6264:  Non-Profit Accounting
      • POLS 5217: Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
      • POLS 6200: Public Budgeting and Financial Management

      One course in research methods, for example:

      • SOCI 6613: Qualitative Research
      • SOCI 6660: Institutional Ethnography
      • SOCI 6013:  Social Research
      • POLS 6202: Research Methods for Public Administration
      • CRIM 6015: Managing Data
      • SOCI 6003:  Advanced Statistics for Sociology

      One of the following electives in your area of interest or expertise (or any of the above):

      • SOCI 5734: Social Work Skills
      • SOCI 5803: Environmental Sociology
      • SOCI 5300: Housing and Homelessness
      • SOCI 6255: Delinquency, Family, and the Community
      • POLS 5721: Housing and Community Development
      • POLS 6209: Theories of Public Organization
      • SOCI 6700: Social Movements, Protest and Change
      • SOCI 6280: Seminar in Social Justice
      • POLS 5210: Modern Public Management
      • POLS 5211: State and Local Politics and Administration
      • POLS 6203: Public Personnel Administration
      • POLS 6204: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
      • CRIM or SOCI 6275: Planning and Evaluation
      • PSYC 7030: Intro to Organizational Development
      • PSYC 6400: Psychology, Culture and Society

      Internship

      • POLS 6286: Internship (In lieu of an internship, students can take an elective graduate course in any area of interest)
      • SOCI 6286: Internship (In lieu of an internship, students can take an elective graduate course in any area of interest)
      Learning Outcomes
      • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in reference to one of the following types of non-profit organizations: social service, education, religious, cultural, or community-based organizations
      • Demonstate knowledge about how to establish, fund, and operate a non-profit organization
      • Be able to assess an organization's effectiveness in achieving its goals
      Admittance
      • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
      • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies
      • Application Process.
      • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines.
      • See Procedures for International Students.
      • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office. 

      Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

      • 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Students who have successfully been admitted to an MA or PhD program in the College ofSocial Sciences only have to submit an application form.
    • Graduate Certificate in Public Management
      Overview

      The Public Administration program at the University of West Georgia offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management (GCPM). The GCPM is designed to meet the needs of practicing public administrators who already have a bachelor's degree and who desire to:

      • broaden their understanding of the concepts and techniques of public management; or
      • pursue the certificate with the goal of career advancement but do not find it necessary or feasible to complete the MPA degree; or
      • continue their education with the goal of earning a graduate degree in public administration.
      Learning Objectives

      Certificate students will demonstrate an understanding of:

      • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
      • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of generlist management techniques and skills.
      • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice.
      Admittance

      Guidelines for Admittance

      • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
      • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
      • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
      • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

      Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

      • 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
      • Two letters of recommendation
      Coursework

      Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Management after completing 12 credit hours as specified below:

      CORE 3-6 credit hours

      • POLS 5210 Public Management
      • POLS 6203 Public Organizational Theory
      • SKILLS 3-6 credit hours
      • POLS 6206 Public Human Resource Management
      • POLS 6200 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
      • POLS 6204 Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

      SPECIALIZATION 0-3 credit hours

      In consultation with the MPA Director, you may choose one of the following graduate level courses in an area of specialization.

      • POLS 5202 Interorganizational Behavior
      • POLS 5204 Public Finance
      • POLS 5207 Technology Policy
      • POLS 5208 Health Policy
      • POLS 5209 Environmental Policy
      • POLS 5211 State and Local Politics and Administration
      • POLS 5212 State and Local Government Finance
      • POLS 5215 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
      • POLS 5217 Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations
      • POLS 6205 Administrative Law and Procedures
      • POLS 6208 Scope of Public Policy
      • PLAN 5701 Technology and Sustainable Economic Development
      • PLAN 5704 Planning Theory and Practice
      • CISM 6331 Strategic Management of Information Technology
      • ACCT 6264 Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing
      • MGNT 5630 Dispute Resolution in Contemporary Organizations

      PROBLEM SOLVING/CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE 3 credit hours

      • POLS 6290 Practicum/Assessment Center
      Practicum and Assessment Center

      Inherent in the GCPM is both an underlying theme and a concerted effort to prepare students to apply the theoretical knowledge gathered in the certificate to "real world" issues and problems faced in public sector management. The achievement of this goal is finalized through successful completion of the Practicum (application) and Assessment Center (evaluation.

      The Practicum and Assessment Center process ensures that the students gains practical knowledge and skills in program and policy administration by applying the latest and most effective theory and practice to their operations.