Undergraduate Certificate in Public Sector Management

The primary target of this certificate is people who are either currently working in a governmental office (whether political or not), or who are seeking employment with the government and have not yet completed a college degree. Government employees face very different rules, constraints, and work situations than do private sector employees. This certificate helps provide public sector employees with the skills needed to face these challenges.

Certificate Information

15 Credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

All courses listed below are 3 credit hours and require a grade of C- or better unless otherwise noted.


Core Program

  • POLS-Y 103 - Introduction to American Politics

Students must successfully complete any four of the courses below:

Public Sector Management Requirements

  • POLS-Y 302 - Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society
  • POLS-Y 303 - Formation of Public Policy in the United States
  • POLS-Y 306 - State Politics in the United States
  • POLS-Y 401 - Topics in Political Science - Seminar in Grant Writing, cross listed with PSY-P 457
  • POLS-Y 402 - Politics of the Budgetary Process
  • POLS-Y 403 - Legal Issues in Public Bureaucracy
  • POLS-Y 404 - Political Issues in Public Personnel Administration


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), undergraduate certificates are a great way to fast-track your career in an affordable way.

When time and money are a major concern, certificates allow recipients to gain skills in their field of choice in a relatively short period of time, usually less than a year, and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Many of IU Southeast’s certificate programs are stackable – meaning that you can use the credit hours earned for your certificate toward an associate or bachelor degree program.

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