Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy


Public Affairs and Management Certificate

As a working professional, you may have a degree in your field but now realize you need additional skills to advance into an administrative or managerial position. The certificate program in public affairs and management can give you that background in only one year of work. The program helps you to develop a set of core skills needed in government or nonprofit work, while providing some tailoring for your particular career needs.

Courses available through the MUAPP program cover skill areas relevant to public service, such as: Budgeting and Financial Management, Project Management, Program Evaluation. The program also offers courses related to the political environment of government agencies and the nonprofit environment, including: The Public Policy Process, Urban Politics and Policy, and Political Feasibility Analysis.
All classes are taught at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus in the later afternoon or evening. Classes meet once a week for 2 and 1/2 hours for a 15-week semester.


You need to submit:

  • Completed application form available online
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 is required. No GRE scores are required for the certificate program. Applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree prior to starting certificate classes.

If students decide to pursue a MUAPP Master’s degree after completing the certificate, credits from classes with a grade of ‘B’ or higher will transfer into the Master’s program (12 credits out of the 37 credits required for a Master’s degree). To continue with a Master’s degree program, certificate students will have to go through the regular MUAPP admission process. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program at Loyola University.


To complete the Public Affairs and Management certificate, you will take 4 three-credit courses for a total of 12 credit hours. These requirements could be fulfilled in one year at full-time status of two classes per semester or two years at part-time status of one class per semester.

All courses are divided into two categories, as seen below. Students take at least one course from each category. This guarantees exposure to perspectives to understand the environment in which you work (political/organizational category) and exposure to new technical skills (skills category).

You will determine your course selection in consultation with an advisor from the MUAPP faculty to reflect your needs based on career stage and goals. Earlier career individuals may want to acquire more skills; mid-career individuals may focus more on the political and managerial environment.

General Certificate in Public Affairs and Management Course Offerings

Certificate courses fit into two categories:

1) Political and Organizational Courses

  • Public Policy Process
  • Urban Politics and Policy
  • Policy Analysis and Design
  • Political Feasibility Analysis
  • Organizational Theory and Leadership
  • Decision-Making in Public Policy

2) Skills-Based Courses

  • Project Management
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Analytical Tools in Public Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Public Budgeting and Finance