Graduate Catalog
2017-2018
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Local Government Management
LGMC
Address:
Center for Public Administration and Policy 104 Draper Road (0520) Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact this Certificate
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
Stephanie Davis:
804/980-5549
Laura French:
540/231-5133

Certificate Overview

The Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), in partnership with the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA), has developed a graduate certificate program in local government management that helps to address the workforce development need for highly qualified public managers in local government. The central goal of the program is to offer graduate-level training in local government management that both prepares pre-career students for capable public service at the local level and enhances the capacities of existing local government employees who aspire to be town, city, or county managers or assistant/deputy managers.

The certificate program consists of four 3-credit hour courses, for a total of twelve hours of graduate coursework. Students are required to complete all four courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better in order to earn the certificate. Students are exposed to a full spectrum of local government issues, service delivery options, and management tools. The analysis of an actual local government case study is central to each classroom experience. Case studies are used within the courses to emphasize the relationship between the political and management worlds which all local government managers must understand and navigate in order to be successful. All courses are taught by experienced, highly qualified local government practitioners.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Non-degree candidates may apply for admission to the certificate program using the Virginia Tech Graduate School's online application system found at Admissions. Interested students must submit an official copy of their college transcript documenting receipt of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average mailed to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the application process. Current MPA students should discuss their plans with the certificate director before applying for the certificate.  If approved, up to six credit hours can be double-counted for the degree and the graduate certificate. Transfer credits are not permitted.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete four courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better to earn the certificate.

Required Courses:
  • PAPA 5044 Local Government and the Professional Manager
  • PAPA 6354 Advanced Topics in Public Management: Human Resource, Financial, and Performance Management for Local Government Managers 
  • PAPA 6154 Advanced Topics in Public Organizations: The Context of Local Government Management in Virginia
  • UAP/PAPA 5874 Local Economic Development Planning.

On-line certificate

An on-line version of the Local Government Management certificate also is available. Designed for both a national audience and for Virginia residents who are unable to take synchronous classes, the on-line certificate has the same requirements, with course content and instructors from throughout the United States.