Graduate Certificate in International and Comparative Public Administration

Co-Chair: Dr. Shaoming Cheng, MPA Director
Co-Chair: Dr. Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor

The Certificate in International and Comparative Public Administration is designed as a specialization for students interested in international policy and administrative affairs. The certificate program will expose students to international policy aspects such as globalization, immigration, information technology, transnational institutions and other related areas.

Admission Requirements

GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered if they submit a GRE, LSAT or GMAT Score. Students must be admitted to the certificate program to start taking classes. Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission to the master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) program.

Note: In order to have certificate courses credited toward the MPA, each course must have a grade of B or higher and the student must be admitted to the master’s degree program prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits.

How to Apply

In order for you to be officially considered for admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application online:
  2. Submit an application fee. A $30.00, non-refundable, application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card is required;
  3. Submit official transcript/s. Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university either electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office (Note: If your undergraduate degree was from FIU you don’t need to do this because your student records are accessible by computer from the Department);
  4. Submit resume to the Graduate Admissions Office

Use the Graduate Certificate Application to keep track of the courses you complete. When you have completed all certificate courses, turn in this form to the Department of Public Administration. You will receive your Certificate by mail. If you are also enrolled in the MPA program, you may receive your Certificate before or after you receive the MPA degree (depending upon when you complete the certificate program requirements).

General Requirements

Students must complete their program of study within three years from the date of admission and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. All course grades must be "C" or better.

Curriculum (18 credits)

Three Required Courses

PAD 6836 International Public Administration 3
PAD 6838 Development Administration 3
PAD 6436 Professionalism and Ethics 3

Three Elective Courses

GEO 5557 Globalization 3
GEO 6603 Cities and Regions in Global Perspective 3
INR 5507 International Organizations 3
INR 6010 Global Governance 3
POS 5146 Seminar in Urban Politics 3
PAD 5934* Contemporary Issues 3
PAD 6946 Internship 3

Students may take up to two electives outside the Department. These electives must be selected from a list of approved electives or must be approved by Certificate Co-Chairs.

*Depending on the topic of the course and pending MPA Program approval, PAD 5934 (Contemporary Issues) may be considered as an elective for this certificate.

Tuition and Fees

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Contact Us

Shaoming Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
11200 S.W. 8th Street, PCA 350A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-0432 Fax: 305-348-5848
E-mail: scheng@fiu.edu