This graduate certificate program provides students with a foundation in political management. It is designed to provide expertise for students who wish to work in public policy advocacy, in political relations, with elected officials and with the public, nonprofit or private sectors.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA only need to submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program which may be obtained from the student services adviser.
Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application for admission to the certificate program, as well as provide transcripts of all college work, a resume and one letter of recommendation. The Certificate in Political Management consists of 14–16 units of graduate course work depending on the courses selected.
For descriptions of the courses below, visit the USC Course Catalogue.
Select one: 2 or 4 units:
Up to 10 units of the certificate may be applied toward both the certificate and to the core requirements or electives in the Master of Public Administration. Up to 12 units may be applied toward both the certificate and toward core or electives in the Master of Public Policy or Master of Planning.
The director of the graduate programs in public policy and management will provide advisement.
Current USC Graduate Students
Applicants for the Certificate in Political 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 the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.
Applicants 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 [email protected] for more information.