UTD Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management  (UTD LGM)

Program Summary

The Certificate program is made up of five graduate level courses that are normally included in the Master’s in Public Affairs degree requirements at UTD. Participants will earn a total of fifteen credit hours. Upon completion of the program, these hours may be applied towards a Master’s degree at UTD or other academic institutions. 

Required Courses

  • Local Government Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management and Budgeting

Elective Courses (Two will be selected as part of the program)

  • Navigating the Political Environment
  • Quality and Productivity Improvement
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Media Relations
  • Other approved course



  • UTD or a City facility.  semester. 

Class Times

  • One session per week
  • 4:00 - 6:45 p.m.
  • During a normal academic semester


The City of Plano will pay the full cost of tuition for this program. The employee will be responsible for purchase of books and all materials that are required for participation in the courses. 

Time Commitment

Classes will take place at a time when many employees would normally be on duty. Arrangements must be made by the participants to ensure that adequate coverage is in place for normal operations. Overtime and/or compensatory time cannot be earned by the participant during class time in this program.

Minimum Requirements

UTD Requirements

  • Official university transcripts verifying that the applicant has an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A “B” average in upper division course work
  • GRE will NOT be required
  • Submission of:
    • Three “Requests for Recommendation”
    • A narrative outlining applicant’s academic interests, as well as current and long term goals
  • Submission of a Graduate Application form to the UTD Admissions Office

City of Plano Requirements

  • Submission of:
    • Application to Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management program
    • Three letters of recommendation, including one from immediate supervisor (may be the same as UTD submission)
    • A narrative outlining applicant’s academic interests, as well as current and long-term goals (may be the same as UTD submission)
  • Employment with the City of Plano for the two years immediately preceding application to the program
  • Commitment to two additional years of employment with the City of Plano upon completion of the courses
  • Participants must maintain a 3.0 average throughout the program