The University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies today launched the Richmond region’s first Political Campaign Management Professional Certificate, a nonpartisan program that prepares students to take on professional staff roles in political campaigns at the local, state or national level.

The certificate is designed for individuals interested in taking the next step in pursuing their passion for politics.

From crafting a preliminary campaign plan through executing a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operation, this intensive certificate program teaches students the essential skills required to manage all aspects of a winning political campaign. An additional focus of the program will be ethical campaigning and producing professionals who raise the discourse of our politics.

The Political Campaign Management Professional Certificate is a professional development program that features instructors and guest speakers from across the political spectrum with experience working in campaigns, government and private consulting on the local, state and national levels.

The program consists of six modules, delivered face-to-face over the course of a 15-week semester. Class meetings total 90 contact hours, with two evening class meetings each week.

The six modules covered during the program are as follows:

  1. Political Behavior
  2. The Contemporary American Electoral System
  3. Campaign Management
  4. Campaign Finance & Ethics
  5. Political Communications
  6. Direct Voter Contact & The Ground Game

Online applications are being accepted now. The application deadline is June 29, 2018.

Interested applicants must submit a completed online application, a résumé or CV and a Purpose Statement for pursuing the certificate.

The inaugural discounted tuition of $2,995 includes all required texts and materials. Payment (or arrangement for the payment plan) is due by the start of the program. Classes begin August 28, 2018.

Completing the certificate earns 90 professional hours that can be used for career advancement or professional development. The certificate does not earn college credit toward a degree.

Additional details, including detailed descriptions of program modules and a link to the online application, are available online at