Academic Catalog

Applied Politics Certificate

The Ray C. Bliss Institute and the Department of Political Science have combined to offer a Certificate Program in Applied Politics for graduate students. The Certificate Program in Applied Politics offers course work in the history, organization and management of campaigns intended to influence the outcome of political decisions. Working from a set of core courses, students are allowed to concentrate in the area of applied politics of greatest interest--campaigns, communications, lobbying, political parties, etc. Believing that democracy is best served by having active and informed citizens, the certificate is designed for all students, no matter what their degree program as long as they have a deep interest in practical politics.


Persons are eligible for admission to the Certificate Program in Applied Politics if they have been admitted to study as full-time students, special, or non-degree in any department of the University. Students who are pursuing a graduate degree in other departments at the University may be admitted to the Master’s level certificate program upon the recommendation of the chair/director of the department/school in which they are enrolled. The student shall schedule courses with the assistance of an advisor at the earliest possible time.

Core Courses (required) – 12 credits

  • 3700:570 Campaign Management I (3 credits)
  • 3700:571 Campaign Management II (3 credits)
  • 3700:672 Seminar: Political Influence & Organizations (3 credits)
  • 3700:695 Internship in Government & Politics (3 credits)

Electives (required) – 6 credits

Three credits selected from the following:

  • 3700:540 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
  • 3700:572 Campaign Finance (3 credits)
  • 3700:574 Political Opinion, Behavior & Electorial Politics (3 credits)
  • 3700:577 Lobbying (3 credits)
  • 3700:655 Campaign and Election Law (3 credits)
  • 7600:575 Political Communication (3 credits)

Three credits of additional course work from above or from approved courses from Political Science, Communication, Public Administration, or other departments.


Upon completion of their degree, M.A. in Political Science students who have completed certificate requirements will be awarded an M.A. degree in Political Science with a Certificate in Applied Politics. Majors in other disciplines will be given a Certificate in Applied Politics and have the certificate noted on their transcript.