Auburn Bulletin 2023-2024

Election Administration — Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate is designed to provide students and practicing professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in election administration specifically law and policy and critical contemporary issues facing the election administration community.

The Graduate Certificate in Election Administration is a 15 graduate credit hour certificate according to the courses outline below, and a 12 graduate credit hour certificate if the student has completed the CERA Program (Certified Election and Registration Administrators). CERA was developed by the Election Center (a national nonprofit organization also known as the National Association of Election Officials) along with Auburn MPA faculty, and is the only national certification program for election officials and vendors in the election administration arena. CERA includes 12 courses in professional education and development taught by Auburn faculty and other requirements established by the Election Center including substantial professional engagement in the field through research, conference presentations, and participation in working groups and other similar activities.

Elections Administration
Required Courses6-9
POLI 6270Seminar in Election Administration3
POLI 6280Election Administration Reform Policy (Election Regulation, Policy, and Reform)3
POLI 7920MPA Internship 13-6
Electives (choose any two)6
Intergovernmental Relations and Federalism
Comparative Election Administration (Comparative Election Administration)
Program Evaluation
Issues in Public Administration 2
Total Hours21-27