Bloomington Campus

Certificate Programs

Admission Eligibility

The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university to apply. For the Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, applicants must have completed one year of general chemistry. For the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, applicants must be enrolled in the M.P.A. program in SPEA or the M.B.A. program in the Kelley School of Business.


Application forms and literature may be obtained from the same SPEA offices that offer material for the graduate degree programs.
Students should apply to the SPEA admissions office on the Bloomington campus.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the certificate programs are May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Application Fee

Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Program Restrictions
  • Students enrolled in a certificate program must complete it within 15 credit hours of approved SPEA course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Failure to do so results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program.
  • Students who have completed more than three SPEA courses are not eligible for admission to a certificate program.
  • Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for meeting the Public Management or Nonprofit Management certificate requirements. Students in the Hazardous Materials Management Certificate Program may utilize these options; however, they must first have the approval of their campus graduate program advisors.
  • With the exception of the Certificate in Social Entrepeneurship, students admitted to a SPEA graduate degree program are not eligible for admission to the certificate program or eligible for the awarding of a certificate.
  • Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a SPEA graduate degree program.
  • Students enrolled in the certificate program who apply to SPEA’s graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements.
  • Students planning to request admission to a SPEA graduate degree program after successfully completing a certificate program should refer to the application procedure presented earlier in this bulletin.

Five graduate certificates are offered on the Bloomington campus. Certificate programs are flexible and adaptable to the needs of either precareer or in-service students.

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