Graduate Certificate in Applied Politics

The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and The University of Akron Department of Political Science offer a Certificate in Applied Politics (CAP) to graduate students focusing on practical politics and experiential learning. It is designed for students interested in election campaigns, digital strategy and messaging, fundraising, managing organizations, and other political activities. All applied politics classes are delivered synchronously or asynchronously online making residency in Northeast Ohio optional.

Potential careers for applied politics graduates include:

  • Campaign Management & Communications
  • Candidate for Office/Elected Office Holder
  • Community Organizing
  • Digital Strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Government Relations & Lobbying
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Party/Group Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Consulting

Certificate Information:

  • 18 credits
  • No GRE required
  • No Residency requirement
  • Open to ANY major
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Online classes available
  • Real-world experience with internships
  • Design course work around career interests
  • Use My Degree Progress Report (My DPR) to review your academic progress to graduation
  • Contact: Dr. David Cohen, Director of Applied Politics, dbcohen@uakron.edu

Certificate Requirements

  • Required Core: 12 credits minimum
    • 3700:570: Fundamentals of Political Strategy (3 credits)
    • 3700:571: Fundamentals of Electoral Messaging (3 credits)
    • 3700:572: Campaign Finance (3 credits)
    • 3700:573: Voter Contact and Elections (3 credits)
    • 3700:578: Fundamentals of the Digital Campaign (3 credits)
    • 3700:600: Scope and Theories of Political Science (3 credits)
    • 3700:601: Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)
    • Required Internship: 3 credits minimum
      • 3700:695: Internship in Government & Politics (3 credits)
      • Electives: 3 credits maximum
        • 3700:502: Politics and the Media (3 credits)
        • 3700:527: Campaign Battleground (3 credits)
        • 3700:528: Ohio Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:540: Survey Research methods (3 credits)
        • 3700:541: The Policy Process (3 credits
        • 3700:542: Methods of Policy Analysis (3 credits)
        • 3700:563: Human Rights in World Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:574: Political Opinion, Behavior & Electoral Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:575: American Interest Groups (3 credits)
        • 3700:576: American Political Parties (3 credits)
        • 3700:577: Lobbying (3 credits)
        • 3700:630: Seminar in National Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:655: Campaign and Election Law (3 credits)
        • 3700:672: Seminar: Political Influence and Organizations (3 credits)
        • 3700:695: Internship in Government & Politics (3 credits)

      Descriptions for Political Science graduate classes.

      Admission Requirements

      • UA graduate students must complete the Certificate in Applied Politics Application.
      • Other students must apply to the University of Akron at www.uakron.edu/graduate.
        • Students must fulfill the admission requirements of the UA Graduate School (no specific undergraduate major in required)
        • Students must submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of personal goals, and official transcripts from all universities attended
        • International students must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
        • Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year
        • Once admitted to UA, students must complete the Certificate in Applied Politics Application