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:
Additionally, students must complete 9 hours in Public Administration and Public Policy:
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.
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920