PACs and Political Management

Acquire the fundamentals to effectively run your organization's Political Action Committee (PAC) with this unique graduate certificate.

The challenges of coordinated political action and campaign finance uncertainty make it more important than ever that professionally trained leaders manage PACs. This program is designed to give PAC managers the fundamental skills to manage finances and persuade voters and decision makers.

Timing and Location

The certificate is designed for working professionals and all classes are held Monday-Thursday evenings in our Capitol Hill classrooms or our Foggy Bottom campus.


The certificate requires completion of five courses (15 credit hours). It can be completed in as little as two semesters or terms, or at your own pace. All coursework can be applied towards a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs or Political Management.


Required Courses (1 course, 3 credit hours)

LGAF 6234 PACs and Congress

Elective Courses (4 courses, 12 credit hours)

Choose any combination of the courses below to complete this certificate. 

Political Management Courses (choose any two courses):

PMGT 6410 Grassroots Engagement
PMGT 6414 Lobbying
PMGT 6420 Corporate Public Affairs
PMGT 6450 Rules, Laws, and Strategy
PMGT 6454 Fundraising and Budgeting
PMGT 6472 Maximizing Social Media

Legislative Affairs Courses (choose any two courses):

LGAF 6202 Legislative Politics
LGAF 6222 American Political Parties and Elections
LGAF 6224 Interest-Group Politics
LGAF 6260 Domestic Policy Analysis-Selected Topics


Estimated Tuition and Fees

Estimates for tuition and fees for the Global Public Relations Graduate Certificate are below.

Estimated Tuition: $23,010

Books and supplies: $600

Application Fee: $80

Matriculation Fee: $200