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Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership FAQ

Scan the questions and answers below for more specific information about the Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership.

What are the meeting dates of the cohort option?

The meeting schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year is as follows:

Introductory Week:

  • August 19-23, 2013 (daily, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Weekend Sessions: Fridays 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Friday-Saturday, September 20-21
  • Friday-Saturday, October 18-19
  • Friday-Saturday, November 22-23
  • Friday-Saturday, January 10-11
  • Friday-Saturday, February 7-8
  • Friday-Saturday, March 7-8
  • Friday-Saturday, April 4-5
  • Friday-Saturday, May 2-3

What is the workload like?
For a student taking six (6) credits, the average workload would be 12-15 hours per week. The amount of work likely will be more some weeks and less other weeks.

How many students will there be in the cohort?
The cohort section will be 25-30 students.

If we are spread out across the state, how will we communicate and work with each other between classroom sessions?
You will access materials, connect with each other, and submit and receive feedback on assignments through a course website.  You will use and learn technology tools that are transforming work and the policy making process today.  

I'm not a technology or computer expert. How will I be able to learn and use the technology tools required by these courses?
During the August session, we will provide an orientation to the course web page and the technology tools you need. All are easy to use, and you will receive additional support from staff and teaching assistants if needed.

Will accommodation or transportation be provided?
Transportation and accommodation are not included in the cost of the program. We have reserved a block rooms at a reduced fee at a nearby hotel for participants to use at their own expense. Details on reserving these rooms will be forthcoming.

What are the costs?
The tuition will match that of the Master of Public Affairs degree at $1,168 per credit for Minnesota residents and $1,814 for out of state residents for the 2012–2013 academic year (tuition for 2013-2014 will be set in July).

How do I register and pay for courses?
You will register and pay for 6 credits each semester. Detailed registration instructions will be e-mailed to you upon notification of admission.

Can I continue on for the MPA degree?
Yes, credits from the Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership can be applied toward the mid-career Master of Public Affairs degree.

Can I take the classes in the weekly, classroom-based format?
Yes, the certificate may be completed through either the cohort or the classroom-based courses.

Why is the certificate so expensive? Isn't online education cheaper?
The certificate isn't an online program, but a hybrid course. It combines the best of face-to-face and web-based learning. Designing and delivering a quality educational experience does not cost less. The same Humphrey School faculty members who teach the School's classroom-based courses designed and teach these courses. The integrated form of this course actually will be more like a high-quality, professional executive education experience.