Graduate-Level Certificates

The Department offers three graduate-level certificates: Public Policy, Public Administration and Nonprofit Administration. The courses required for these certificates are the same courses used for the MPA program. The courses in each of these certificate programs can fully be applied to the Master of Public Administration Program if a student decides to do this. A student must contact the MPA Director in their final semester of their certificate program to make this change. Please review the respective criteria to apply and details for each of these programs.

Certificate in Public Administration

The Certificate in Public Administration offers public employees the fundamental skills through a series of core courses important for the profession of public administration. These classes provide basic knowledge and skills that enhance the level of professionalism in public service.

  • PUAD 501, Public Administration
  • PUAD 503, Policy Analysis
  • PUAD 504, Organization Theory
  • PUAD 505, Budgeting & Finance
  • PUAD 506, MPA Applied Research Methods
  • PUAD 522, Human Resource Management
  • PUAD 529, Nonprofit Administration
  • PUAD 507, Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 523, Administrative Law
  • PUAD 525, Strategic Planning & Leadership
  • PUAD 526, Issues State and Local Government
  • PUAD 527, Performance Measurement
  • PUAD 561, Ethics in Public Administration
Many public employees have bachelor’s and graduate degrees in technical fields but lack the basic managerial areas of public administration. The certificate in Public Administration provides a bridge for public service employees to gain skills, knowledge and training by completing a short set of classes such as public administration, human resource management, budgeting and organization theory. These classes are critical for understanding public organizations and enhance the performance of public workers and the valuable services government agencies perform for our society. Requirements You must complete 12 credits as follows:

Certificate in Public Policy

The Certificate in Public Administration offers public employees the fundamental skills through a series of core courses important for the profession of public administration. These classes provide basic knowledge and skills that enhance the level of professionalism in public service. Many public employees have bachelor's and graduate degrees in many technical fields but lack the basic managerial areas of public administration. The Certificate in Public Administration provides a bridge for public service employees to gain skills, knowledge and training by completing a short set of classes such as public administration, human resource management, budgeting and organization theory. These classes are critical for understanding public organizations, and enhance the performance of public workers and the valuable services government agencies perform for our society.

Requirements

You must complete the following:

  • PUAD 501 Public Administration
  • PUAD 503 Policy Analysis
  • PUAD 504 Organization Theory
  • PUAD 505 Budgeting and Finance
  • PUAD 522 Human Resource Management
  • PUAD 056 MPA Applied Research Methods
  • PUAD 529 Nonprofit Administration
  • PUAD 531 Intro to Public Policymaking
  • PUAD 507 Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 523 Administrative Law
  • PUAD 525 Strategic Planning and Leadership
  • PUAD 526 Issues in State and Local Government
  • PUAD 527 Performance Measurement
  • PUAD 561 Ethics in Public Administration 
  • PSCI 524 Management Skills (offered in person only)
  • PSCI 540 American Government (offered in person only)

Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is designed for students wishing to develop professional competencies relating to nonprofit management. This is a graduate level, professional certificate. The classes are $500 per class (for any in- or out-of-state student). Sign up online for the certificate in nonprofit administration. You can sign up 7 days prior to a semester start date (if space is available). A list of classes are below. For course offering periodicity, please see the nonprofit administration course schedule

Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 16 credits as follows:

  • NPAD 501 Nonprofit Human Resource Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 502 Nonprofit Volunteer Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 503 Nonprofit Program Planning and Evaluation – 2 credits
  • NPAD 505 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy – 2 credits
  • NPAD 506 Nonprofit Board Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 510 Nonprofit Strategic Planning – 2 credits
  • NPAD 511 Nonprofit Grant Writing – 2 credits
  • NPAD 512 Nonprofit Fundraising – 2 credits
  • NPAD 513 Nonprofit Financial Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 560 Nonprofit Marketing and Social media - 2 credits

Note: Effective Fall 2020, all classes will be taught at the 500 level. If you are an undergraduate finishing the certificate, please contact the associate dean, Dr. Sara Rinfret.

Internship

4 credits of NPAD 598 Internship. (Syllabus PDFContact Ben Hamman, internship coordinator, for requirements and registration. See our department internship page for the syllabus and requirements. 

All courses taken in pursuit of the certificate must be taken for graded credit, and a grade of C or above must be achieved in order to receive credit for any course. Nonprofit certificate credits can be applied to the Master of Public Administration (discuss with Department chair the process).

This program is offered on a self-supporting basis. To learn about fee schedules and how to register, visit UMOnline.