Graduate Certificate in Public Administration




Helping organizations in the public sector run as smoothly as possible is an important calling. Government workers, police and fire personnel, and nonprofit community organization employees interested in the path to management should consider this Public Administration online certificate. In our flexible online classes, you will gain a professional understanding of administrative law, budgeting, personnel, and programs within public agencies, as well as intergovernmental relations.

Earn your MBA in Public Administration by adding an additional 24 credits. Within 5 years of beginning the certificate program, students have the option to earn their MBA by applying to the program and completing the 24-credit core requirement.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Knowledge of powerful software tools to design and manage projects
  • Understanding of the interdependence of organizations between governmental jurisdictions in our federal system
  • Ability to manage human resources in the public sector
  • In-depth practice in one of the most important and demanding aspects of government—the annual budget
  • Familiarity with the roles of citizens, bureaucrats, and elected officials in program design and implementation

Career Outlook

  • Local Government Administrator
  • Charity Executive Director
  • Budget Director
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Policy Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Public Housing Manager
  • City or County Manager
  • Transportation Planning Director
  • Economic Development Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Government Relations Lobbyist
  • Public Utilities Specialist
  • Community Revitalization Director

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Public Administration

Project Management (MBA 527/827) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course presents project management from a practical point of view . The course focuses on the technical aspects of project management that are directly related to practice. Numerous case studies are considered to help explain how to apply proven project management tools and techniques at each stage in a projects life-cycle. Software tools for project design and management are also presented and used.
Administrative Law and Process (MLS 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Administrative Law and Process examines the role played by administrative agencies in the American system of government, as well as their rule-making, executive, and judicial powers. 3 credits.
Budgeting in Public Agencies (MPA 535/835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Budgeting in Public Agencies addresses one of the most important and demanding aspects of government-the annual budget . A variety of different aspects of public budgeting are examined in an effort to introduce future public administrators to one of the largest challenges they will face. The development of the budget is affected by a number of factors, each of which must be identified and dealt with in order to prepare a comprehensive and effective budget. The political aspect of budget decisions and the ramifications of those decisions are extremely important as well. This course is designed to provide students in public administration with an introduction to budgeting in public agencies.
Public Program Evaluation (MPA 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Legal Aspects in Business entails the study of the contemporary and legal issues facing managers and the development of practical skills for analyzing decision-making from both the legal and ethical standpoints . Issues will be studied from the position of managerial decision-making with an emphasis on the establishment of sound, well-grounded policies intended to prevent and resolve disputes.
Public Human Resource Administration (MPA 568/868) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Public Human Resource Administration examines the issues surrounding the employment and the managing of human resources in the public sector.
Intergovernmental Relations (MPA 569/869) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Intergovernmental Relations covers the interdependencies between various governmental jurisdictions in our federal system. Examines the impact the federal system has on policy implementation and the allocation of government responsibilities. 3 credits.
Internship (MBA 545/845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree. An Internship can be taken by any student in any concentration. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site. This is a 3 credit course.

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