Public Management Certificate

School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The purpose of the Certificate in Public Management is to allow working professionals with careers in the public sector or graduate students in a related field of study (such as political science or city and regional planning) to expand their educational background and to enhance their knowledge in the area of public management. The graduate certificate is designed to extend students' understanding of theory and practice in the field of public management.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Carol Ebdon, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111B


Meagan VanGelder, Coordinator

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: NA

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Students must have 3 years of work experience in the public sector.
  • The general prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Management program is a four-year bachelors' degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA of the junior-senior year (last 50-60 credit hours).
  • Students who plan to attend the program from foreign countries where English is not their native language may be granted provisional or unclassified admission subject to the following conditions:
    • TOEFL exam with a score of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL) or better, or IELTS with a score of 6.5 or better, or Pearson with a score of 59 or better.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
    • 2-4 pages double spaced, answering the following questions:
      • Why are you pursuing the certificate?
      • What are your goals?
  • Resume

Cert-PUBM Degree Requirements

Cert-PUBM Required Courses (12 hours):

PA 8050Public Administration and Democracy

3 credits

PA 8410Public Human Resource Management

3 credits

PA 8090Organization Theory and Behavior

3 credits

PA 8480/AVN 8480Seminar in Public Financial Administration

3 credits


PA 8400Public Budgeting

3 credits

Other electives relevant to students’ occupation or interests will be considered on a case by case basis

Cert-PUBM Elective Course (3 hours; select one course from below):

PA 8110Managing Information in the Public Sector

3 credits

PA 8420Public Works Management

3 credits

PA 8470Administrative Ethics and Leadership

3 credits

PA 8436Municipal Administration

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 15

Cert-PUBM-Other Program-Related Information:

The certificate in Public Management can be obtained online.