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Public Administration & Policy (Graduate Certificate)

Upgrade your skills in the areas of policy analysis and public management, by developing analytical and management knowledge and capabilities. The core three courses in this certificate cover administrative theory, ethics, public policy and evaluation. You'll choose an elective for the fourth course, from topics such as leadership, collaboration, public-private partnerships, human services administration, negotiation and dispute resolution, and financial management.

Public Administration & Policy (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Public Administration & Policy at ODU like?

Upgrade your skills in the areas of policy analysis and public management, by developing analytical and management knowledge and capabilities. The core three courses in this certificate cover administrative theory, ethics, public policy and evaluation. You'll choose an elective for the fourth course, from topics such as leadership, collaboration, public-private partnerships, human services administration, negotiation and dispute resolution, and financial management.

Program Highlights


What makes Public Administration & Policy at ODU unique?

  • Take classes on campus or online

  • Courses may transfer into the Master of Public Administration Program

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$127,690

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Chief Executives

$196,050

MEDIAN SALARY


Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Compliance Managers

$113,180

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Public Administration & Policy at ODU?

PADM 651:
Administrative Theory I: The Context of Public Administration


Introduction to the profession of public administration; the evolution and development of the field, the role of organizations in contemporary American government, and the roles of politics and administration. The course also provides an introduction to the necessary skills for successful graduate study.

PADM 701:
Public Policy and Evaluation


Exploration of key theories and approaches to public policy. This course covers all phases of the policy process, from formulation to evaluation, with particular focus upon the substance, political dynamics, and evolution of public policy.

PADM 723:
Ethics in Public Administration


This course reviews the theory and application of ethics in the public sector, identifying public values and how they apply in the administration of government. It reviews sources of values employed in public sector decision-making, and reviews how values in public administration are managed and applied. Systems of professional ethics are reviewed in the context of public professions. Case studies and best practices are examined to help the student understand the application of administrative ethics in public management.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Public Administration & Policy at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Public Administration & Policy should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Certificate applicants enroll as Non-Degree Graduate Students thru the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website.

Please note that this certificate program is not applicable to degree-seeking MPA students.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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