Online Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management – A Partnership between Virginia Tech and the VLGMA program
The Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), in partnership with the Virginia Local Government Management Association, developed a graduate certificate program in local government management that provides the next generation of local government managers with the tools to advance their careers and provide exceptional leadership within the communities where they work. The International City/County Management association (ICMA) has identified leadership development as one of the most important issues that local governments will face in the coming decade.
The Local Government Management Certificate program received the Stephen B. Sweeney Academic Award by the International City/County Management Association.
The certificate program consists of four 3-credit hour courses, for a total of twelve hours of graduate coursework. Students are required to complete all four courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better in order to earn the certificate. Students are exposed to a full spectrum of local government issues, service delivery options, and management tools. The analysis of a real life, local government case study is central to each classroom experience. Case studies are used within the courses to emphasize the relationship between the political and management worlds that all local government managers must understand and navigate in order to be successful. Experienced, highly qualified Virginia local government practitioners teach all courses.
Interested students must submit an official copy of their college transcript or diploma documenting receipt of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average mailed to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the application process. Please contact us for specific instructions on applying online.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Fall: August 1st
Spring: January 1st
Summer: May 1st
For SP15 semester, tuition and fees are as follows:
Tuition is $750 per credit hour, or $2,250 per course. Costs for books vary but are approximately $100 per course.
Tuition is applied at the time a student if officially registered in a course. Regardless of attendance or performance, students are responsible for tuition payment unless a formal request is made to be withdrawn and proper paperwork is submitted and approved. Tuition refunds follow a sliding scale.
Payment – Application fees (non-refundable) must be made before applications are processed. Graduate students may pay online by credit card or check. Students in courses awarding university credit will receive a bill via e-mail from the University Bursar for tuition and fees. Payments can be made by check, by money order, or online by credit card.
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Online Program Coordinator
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