Government

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $356.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $600.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Government, graduate certificate program is designed for educators and other professionals who already have an advanced degree in another field and wish to expand their knowledge in political science. 

 This certificate is offered to help educators meet the new requirements set by the Higher Learning Commission to teach government related courses in institutions of higher education or dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment courses in high schools. 

The graduate certificate helps educators meet the requirements to teach:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Dual Enrollment (DE) courses 
  • Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses 
  • Other courses in institutions of higher education 


Carson Holloway, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Carson Holloway’s research has been published in Interpretations: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and The Review of Politics. He is the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity published by Baylor University Press, The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy and All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics both published by Spence.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Coursework related to government.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

Students must take a total of 6 courses with a minimum of two graduate seminars. There is a wide variety of courses covering topics such as the presidency, political psychology and women in politics. For more information about specific courses, click the Request for Information button. 

Students must take a minimum of 2 PSCI seminars and a maximum of 4 PSCI electives. We highly suggest students taking PSCI 8040 and PSCI 8500 if they are dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment educators. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8040Seminar in American Government and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8040

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the principles, institutions, processes and policies of national government in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research.

PSCI 8120Seminar in Leadership3

Course Number: PSCI 8120

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary scholarship on leadership theory, research and application. Students gain a foundation in models of leadership, assess their own leadership styles and learn to integrate what they learn in corporate, governmental, non-profit or community organizations.

PSCI 8150Seminar in Constitutional Law3

Course Number: PSCI 8150

This course introduces students to the Constitution and the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review in relation to governmental powers, civil rights and civil liberties.

PSCI 8200Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security3

Course Number: PSCI 8200

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research.

PSCI 8250Seminar in International Relations3

Course Number: PSCI 8250

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the study of the nation-state system, international law, international organizations, international security and globalization.

PSCI 8300Seminar in Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 8300

This course introduces students to the history of political theory, from its origins in ancient Greece to its manifestations in contemporary thought.

PSCI 8500Seminar in Comparative Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8500

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the systematic and comparative study of nation-states and their political systems with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $652.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1956.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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