Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

This certificate program offers professionals from all sectors the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base to include principles of effective public service leadership. Graduate-level study in public administration can apply to careers not only in government sectors, but also nonprofit and enterprise industries.  

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration blends together theoretical and practical perspectives that impact decision-making processes so professionals can apply concepts directly to their work environments and create long-lasting, positive change. You will explore operational dynamics including political interactions, planning, resource allocation, and management theory. Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid nor are students taking the course after completion of a degree program.

As a student, you will:

  • Complete three foundation courses and two electives.
  • Understand strategies of data collection and evaluation methods for evaluating data collected by others.
  • Complete an advanced level certificate to add to your resume.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses (9 credits)

PADU 600 Intro to Public Administration 3
PADU 607 Public Policy 3
PADU 630 Local Government 3


Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two of the following:

BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
HRCU 630 Conflict and Negotiation 3
HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
Total Credits   15
Some programs available to California residents only
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