Public Administration (Graduate Certificate)

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The graduate certificate program in public administration prepares students for work at all levels in governmental and nonprofit organizations. Through comprehensive coverage of topics in public administration, management and policy, students discover the challenges of management, learn how to lead a public organization and understand the process of policy development. The program is designed to give students a solid foundational understanding of administration, leadership and policy analysis in service to the public good.

Program Offered

Public Administration (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
PAF 503 Public Affairs (3)
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Electives are chosen from a list of preapproved courses and are selected with the faculty advisor. The faculty advisor directs the selection of the electives to ensure they focus on a common theme and to see that the student's experiences in the courses align with the learning goals outlined for the certificate. For the electives, the student must select any three 3-credit PAF courses at the 500-level. Students should note that PAF 504 is a prerequisite for PAF 505.

Students are required to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") and to have no more than one grade below a "B-" in courses taken to complete the certificate program.