The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers seven graduate certificate programs for both degree and non-degree seeking students. Certificate programs are a valuable component of the School’s educational mission and can be an important resource for both mid-career professionals and others seeking to advance their knowledge and expertise. The Certificates are offered in: Crime and Justice Analysis, Economic and Demographic Data Analysis, Evaluation Research, Financial Economics., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Local Government Management, and Non-profit Management.
This program introduces students to graduate study in the field of criminology. The certificate in Crime and Justice Analysis is available to both non-degree and degree-seeking students. Professionals employed in positions within criminal justice agencies and related private organizations pursue the certificate to obtain additional education related to their jobs. Other students obtain the certificate while progressing toward a master’s or doctoral degree. This fifteen-credit hour certificate is designed to introduce students to a variety of foundation courses and the substantive areas that comprise the field of criminology.
The certificate program allows students to choose courses within four designated areas.
CRIM 6300 Crime, Criminals and Societal
CRIM 6303 Etiology of Crime and Criminality;
CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy.
CRIM 6307 Extent of Crime and
CRIM 6308 Victimology;
CRIM 6309 Communities and Crime;
CRIM 6324 Correlates of Crime and Justice;
CRIM 6305 Law and Social Control;
CRIM 6310 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice;
CRIM 6313 Corrections;
CRIM 6314 Policing;
CRIM 6317 Courts;
CRIM 6322 Crime Prevention.
All students are required to take CRIM 5313 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics and choose one of the following:
CRIM 6332 GIS Applications in Criminology;
CRIM 6340 Qualitative Criminology.
Students can also receive credit for other courses that are relevant to one of the above substantive areas and are offered on a periodic basis. Students should consult the coordinator for the Graduate Program for additional information.
The Certificate in Economic and Demographic Data Analysis may be acquired by graduate degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. For the certificate, students must complete 15 graduate hours (5 courses). Students are required to take (A) POEC 5313 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics and POEC 5316 Advanced Regression Analysis. (B) Students must choose at least one of the following courses: ECO 5311 Applied Econometrics or POEC 6318 Structural Equation Modeling or POEC 6344 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables. (C) In addition, two other empirically oriented courses must be completed. Students should check with the Director of the Certificate Program or the program office for details as to the list of acceptable courses.
Students seeking the certificate who do not plan to seek a degree should (1) submit an application and (2) an undergraduate transcript. No GRE score is required. Note: (a) up to 15 hours of coursework taken as a non-degree seeking student can be applied later to a graduate degree; (b) a maximum of 6 hours may be formally transferred from another institution with the approval of the certificate director. Students with equivalent knowledge, but no formal transfer, may substitute an additional course for Descriptive and Inferential Statistics with the approval of the certificate director; (c) currently enrolled students may use up to 9 hours of courses required for their degree for the certificate.
A graduate-level certificate program in Evaluation Research is offered jointly by the Schools of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Students who complete this program will have an opportunity to gain competencies in the design and implementation of program evaluations in fields such as education, health care, human services, criminal justice, and economic development. The Certificate in Evaluation Research program may be incorporated into graduate degree programs in the Schools of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences or Behavioral and Brain Sciences, or may be taken on its own by non-degree seeking students. Students in the Evaluation Research certificate program are normally expected to have completed undergraduate courses in social statistics and research design; students lacking appropriate preparation may be asked to take needed courses prior to admission to the program.
In order to receive the certificate, students
must successfully complete three required courses and a two-semester long
evaluation research project that culminates in a final report. The courses in
the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences leading to the
Certificate in Evaluation Research are POEC 5313 Descriptive and Inferential
Statistics for the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, POEC 6352
Evaluation Research Methods in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences,an
elective course approved by the Evaluation Research certificate program
coordinator, and POEC 6V91 Evaluation Research (six credit hours) for a total
of 15 semester credit hours. With permission of the Evaluation Research program
coordinator, students may substitute appropriate courses from the
Students interested in applying for admission to
the Certificate in Evaluation Research program should consult the graduate
advising office in the
Students seeking the GIS certificate must have completed an undergraduate degree in some area relevant to GIS. Primary admissions requirements are (1) an application to U.T. Dallas and (2) an undergraduate transcript. Applicants for the certificate program do not need a GRE (Graduate Records Examination) score. They should apply as “non-degree-seeking” student to the Geospatial Information Sciences program. Admissions requirements are the same for students who would simply like to take one or more of the related courses without pursuing certification.
Local government managers operate in a complex legal and political environment. They are responsible for the provision of varied services directly to citizens, such as land use planning, law enforcement, water and sewer services, and recreation. Both the method and quality of service delivery are greatly influenced by managers who are hired by elected officials. The management of cities and counties has become increasingly professional over the past several decades. How the professional staff delivers services to the public within the political environment in which it works is the topic of many of the courses in this program.
Requirements for admission to the
certificate program are the same as for a non-degree seeking graduate
student. Completion of fifteen (15) semester credit hours is required to
attain the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management and those hours
may count toward a degree if the student completes all requirements for full
admission as a graduate student. Required courses in the certificate program
are PA 5343 Human Resource Management, PA 5321 Government Financial Management
and Budgeting, and PA 6344 Local Government Management. The other two
courses may be selected from among courses that pertain to local government
offered in the graduate programs of the
Non-profit organizations constitute an increasingly significant sector of the American economy as well as an essential element in American civic life. Non-profits are found in such diverse fields as health care, education, human services, and criminal justice, as well as in cultural and civic activities. Faced with resource constraints and rising demands for accountability, non-profit organizations require professional managers with an understanding of both administrative principles and techniques and of the distinctive legal, economic, and social environment within which non-profits operate.
The Certificate in Non-profit Management is designed to provide an overview of the nature and context of non-profit organizations combined with skill-based courses to develop the competencies needed by non-profit managers. The Certificate is intended for professionals already working in the non-profit sector, those working in private for-profit or governmental settings who would like to work or volunteer in the non-profit sector, and students without professional experience who seek to prepare themselves for non-profit careers.
Completion of fifteen (15) semester credit hours are required to attain the Certificate in Non-profit Management. Requirements include three core courses and two guided electives from the list below. Students may petition the program coordinator to include other graduate courses offered by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences as guided electives. Courses from other institutions may not be applied to the required fifteen semester credit hours.
Core Courses – Nine (9) Hours
PA 5316 Leadership in Public and Non-profit Organizations
PA 5371 Non-profit Organizations
PA 5372 Non-profit Management
Guided Electives – Six (6) Hours from the following:
PA 5315 Public Management
PA 5321 Government Financial Management and Budgeting
PA 6333 Marketing and Communications for Non-profit Organizations
PA 6335 Resource Development for Non-profit Organizations
PA 6374 Financial Management for Non-profit Organizations
PA 6375 History and Theories of the American Philanthropic Sector
PA 6376 Assessment and Outcomes for Non-profit Organizations