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Graduate Certificate in Public Administration & Policy

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Certificate Curriculum

The Public Administration & Policy certificate curriculum consists of the courses listed below. Students are required to take four courses, totaling 12 credit hours, to complete the certificate program. There are three required courses and a choice of an elective.

PADM 651 Administrative Theory I: The Context of Public Administration
PADM 701 Public Policy and Evaluation
PADM 723 Ethics in Public Administration

PADM 652 Administrative Theory II: The Process of Public Administration
PADM 671 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
PADM 672 Public Financial Management
PADM 708 Urban and Regional Economic Development
PADM 714 Public-Private Partnerships
PADM 719 Leadership
PADM 724 Administration of Human Services
PADM 760 Collaboration
PADM 734 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
PADM 781 Intergovernmental Management


Any alteration(s) in required or elective course selection require(s) prior faculty advisor approval.

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

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

The Public Administration & Policy certificate helps working professionals upgrade their 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, and public policy.

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.

Courses are available in a live or online setting, depending on semester and demand.