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EIU Department of Master of Arts in Political Science

ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC PLANNING

The online certificate in Public Planning offers students and professionals in public/nonprofit sectors, campaign management, and lobbying careers with advanced analysis and decision-making tools. The certificate combines coursework in Public Administration and Public Policy with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), providing essential mapping analysis experience. Students interested in careers in urban and regional planning are strongly recommended to enroll in this certificate program.

Our online courses are taught by Political Science and Geography faculty at EIU. We are accessible on campus, via email/video-chat, and via phone. We offer the same mentoring and opportunities to online students as our face-to-face students. 

The certificate requires 9 hours of coursework in GIS:

  • GEO 5810/Introduction to Geographic Information Science
  • GEO 5860/Geographic Information Systems II
  • GEO 5820/Remote Sensing I

Additionally, students must complete 9 hours in Public Administration and Public Policy:

  • PLS 4793/Civic & Nonprofit Leadership
  • PLS 4893/Budgeting in Government & Nonprofit Organizations
  • PLS 5153/Cities & Urban Policy in the US Federal System
  • PLS 5543/Proseminar in Public Administration
  • PLS 5843/Proseminar in Public Policy Research & Analysis

Students currently enrolled in the MA in Political Science (both the face-to-face and online options) can enroll in this certificate program, and double-count Public Administration/Public Policy courses--so only 9 additional hours of GIS coursework are required. If you are already enrolled in the MA, you can add this certificate using the Change of Status form.

You can also apply for enrollment in the certificate program, without concurrent MA enrollment. We require applicants to have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate gpa, and submit a professional goals statement, with 2 letters of recommendation. You can begin the process of applying here. Students enrolled in the certificate can count their coursework towards a future MA, though they are not guaranteed admission into the MA program in Political Science.

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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-2523
Fax: 217-581-2926


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