Certificate in City/County Management


The graduate Certificate in City/County Management is designed for students interested in acquiring the foundational training to advance a career in public service leadership.  Working with top faculty and mentors — and with the bustling city of Los Angeles as an unmatched resource — students gain professional skills and knowledge to achieve career aspirations.

The Certificate in City/County Management consists of 16 units of graduate course work.

Required Courses (16 units) Units
PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership 2
PPD 541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting 4
PPD 542 Policy and Program Evaluation 4
PPD 651 Seminar in the Administration of Local Government 4
PPD 685 Human Resources Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors 2

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in City/County Management who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC (and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA) need only to submit appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.

Prospective Applicants — Applicants for the Certificate in City/County Management who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admission website.

Applicants must submit the following items:

    1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to our office.Office of Recruitment and Admissions
      650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
      Los Angeles, CA 90089
    2. Resume (upload via online application)
    3. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

July 1 – Fall Semester

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at uscprice@usc.edu for more information.