Politics, Certificate

The Certificate in Politics is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to effectively navigate complex and diverse political environments. Students who have completed this certificate have gone on to manage political campaigns, run for office, work at the intersection of the public and private sectors, and lead local, state, and federal government organizations.

For more information: https://www.fels.upenn.edu/certificates/certificate-politics


The Certificate in Politics requires 4 course units, including 2 course units of foundational courses and 2 course units of electives chosen from the list below.

Course Information

Foundational Courses
GAFL 5020Public Communications and Storytelling1
GAFL 5510Government Relations1
Select two electives:2
Social Enterprise (Leading 4th Sector Complex Organizations)
Public Law and Process

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core MPA courses may count toward a certificate. Electives are subject to change; please consult the Fels website for the most up to date list of electives.

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United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-1031 Legislators
11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.