GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Graduate students may choose to complement their master's degrees with certificates covering a wide range of disciplines within Political Science or in partnership with other graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Depending on your career ambitions, we can help design a course of study to set you on the path to success! Students who do not wish to pursue a master's degree may earn standalone graduate certificates in American Politics or International Politics.

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Students have the option of earning a Certificate in American Politics by completing five courses from those listed below. The Certificate in American Politics can be earning in conjunction with the master's degree or as a standalone certificate.

American Politics Courses

  • 7175 Topics in American Government
    • U.S. Public Policy
    • Political Reform 
  • 8110 U.S. Congress
  • 8120 U.S. Presidency
  • 8130 U.S. Constitutional Interpretation
  • 8180 National Security Policy
  • 8190 American Party Politics
  • 8160 Political Communication
  • 8165 Cyberpolitics
  • 8140 Race and Ethnicity
  • 8170 Public Opinion
  • 8185 U.S. Intelligence

Students have the option of earning a Certificate in International Politics by completing five courses from those listed below. The Certificate in International Politics may be earned in conjunction with the master's degree or as a standalone certificate.

International Politics Courses

  • 7275 Topics in International Relations - Social Movements
  • 7375 Topics in Comparative Politics
    • Chinese Politics
    • Economy of the Middle East
    • Global Politics of Gender
    • Politics of Divided Societies
  • 8210 Globalization
  • 8220 International Law
  • 8230 International Organization
  • 8255 Genocide and Mass Killing
  • 8260 International Security
  • 8270 International Political Economy
  • 8265 Global Inequality
  • 8305 Democratization
  • 8310 Comparative Political Economy
  • 8315 Comparative Civil Liberties
  • 8320 Russian Politics
  • 8330 African Politics
  • 8340 Middle East Politics
  • 8370 Third World Politics
  • 8380 European Politics
  • 8390 South Asian Politics
  • 8440 Religion and Politics

This certificate is designed for current and prospective secondary school social studies teachers. With the increased popularity of Advanced Placement and Honors courses at the high school level, a growing number of secondary school teachers find themselves teaching courses that the College Board deems comparable to college level courses. This certificate aims to help such teachers to deepen their substantive content knowledge and enriches their expertise with effective pedagogical methods and theories. It tries to capitalize on the fact that many teachers oftentimes teach paired AP in history and political science, but that there are few interdisciplinary programs that permit teachers to take courses in such cognate fields. This graduate certificate allows Villanova students to combine studies in History and Political Science, and integrate them with relevant pedagogy courses in Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced History and Government requires students to complete 15 credits in a combination of history, education and political science courses. In order to maximize flexibility, students can choose how to distribute these 15 credits among curricula in American History/Government; European History/Comparative Politics or International Relations; or World History/Comparative Politics or International Relations. Given the variation among secondary school curricula, this flexibility allows teachers to tailor their certificate program to best fit their professional needs.

The certificate requires students to complete five courses in total; one to two each in History, Political Science and Education. The History courses would be selected from among courses in US, European and World history in line with the curriculum in advanced high school courses. The Political Science courses would complement the History courses and focus on American government, comparative politics or international relations. The Education courses could include Philosophy of Education, Methods of Teaching Social Studies, Multiculturalism and Gender in Schools, Policy Analysis, and three workshop options. The graduate certificate could be pursued as a post-baccalaureate certificate, a post-master’s certificate, or a certificate pursued in conjunction with study for a master’s degree.

AP US History and AP US Government and Politics

  • PSC 7175 Topics in American Government
  • PSC 8110 U.S. Congress or PSC 8120 U.S. Presidency
  • HIS 8021 Early American Republic
  • EDU 8673 Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 8550 Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies
  • PSC 7171 Topics in American Government
  • HIS 8016 Revolutionary America
  • HIS 8026 US Civil War
  • EDU 8673 Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 8550 Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies

AP European History and AP Comparative Government and Politics

  • HIS 8231 French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
  • HIS 8241 European Nationalism 1815-1870 or HIS 8274 Twentieth Century Europe
  • PSC 7375 Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PSC 8320 Russian Politics
  • PSC 8380 European Politics
  • PSC 8255 Genocide and Mass Killing
  • EDU 8673 Philosophy of Education

AP World History and AP Comparative Government and Politics

  • HIS 8426 Modern China
  • HIS 8433 Imperialism and Nationalism in the Middle East
  • PSC 8330 African Politics
  • PSC 8380 European Politics
  • PSC 7375 Chinese Politics
  • PSC 8320 Russian Politics
  • PSC 7375 Global Politics of Gender
  • PSC 8255 Genocide and Mass Killing
  • EDU 8550 Methods of Teaching English and Social Studies
  • EDU 8678 Multiculturalism and Gender in Schools

The Graduate Program in Political Science and the Graduate Program in Applied Statistics offer a combined MA in Political Science with a Certificate in Applied Statistics.

This combined program provides a unique opportunity to graduate students in Political Science who are interested in enhancing their quantitative methodological skills.

The joint certificate requires taking 15 credits from the course list below or courses approved by the Director of the Applied Statistics program. In order to complete their graduate degree, students enhancing their studies through a joint certificate are required to enroll in an additional six credits for a total of 36 credits for the graduate degree.

Certificate in Applied Statistics

The specific learning objectives for the Certificate in Applied Statistics are:

  • Develop testable hypothesis from theories.
  • Evaluate the theoretical implications of test results.
  • Learn how and when to apply standard statistical methods such as hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, linear regression, and logistic regression.
  • Learn more advanced statistical methods in elective courses such as Sampling Methods, Time Series Methods, Bayesian Statistics and Data Mining.

Admission and Completion Requirements

Applicants must be evaluated and accepted by both the Political Science Department for its master’s program and the Applied Statistics program for the relevant certificate. Students also should have completed undergraduate mathematics courses that are required for the Masters in Applied Statistics program. These include: Calculus through Multivariate calculus (typically Calculus III) and Linear Algebra.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • MAT 7404 Statistical Methods
  • MAT 8406 Regression Methods
  • PSC 7000 Research Concepts and Approaches

Elective Courses

Two electives from the MS in Applied Statistics program. Courses that can be used as electives include:

  • Statistical Theory I and II
  • Statistical Programming
  • Linear Models
  • Sampling Methods
  • Design of Experiments
  • Time Series Methods
  • Nonparametric Statistics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Data Mining

The master's degree in Political Science with a graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is offered in partnership with the Department of Public Administration at Villanova. This joint program allows our students to combine their substantive interests in politics with training in management and administration to enhance their employment prospects.

Students in this joint certificate program are required to enroll in an additional six credits for a total of 36 credits for the graduate degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management was designed based on best practices in nonprofit education as well as through consultations with students, alumni and nonprofit professionals and is a 15-credit (five courses) program.

Required courses (3 courses)

  • MPA 8003 Financial Management
  • MPA 8600 Effective Non-Profit Management
  • MPA 8700 Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations

Elective courses (2 courses)

Students choose six credits of electives from the following courses:

  • MPA 8550 Urban Politics and Government
  • MPA 8800 Managing Public Networks
  • MPA 8900 Public Policy
  • PSC 8700 Globalization
  • PSC 8775 Global Inequality

Ready for the Next Step?

Abigail Minor
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University

DEADLINES

February 1: For admission with funding consideration

August 1: For admission without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission without funding for the spring

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Olukunle Owolabi to discuss your options.

Begin your application.

      

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