The John Glenn College of Public Affairs' Graduate Certificate in Public Management is designed to meet the needs of working professionals in the public sector who desire to enhance their public management and leadership skills.

The 13 credit hour graduate certificate is perfect for students and professionals across a multitude of fields who wish to prepare themselves for management roles in the public sector. The certificate is also perfect for professionals who are contemplating a career change to the public sector and who need the skills and knowledge to make a successful transition. For many professionals, a graduate certificate will be sufficient to master the relevant skills, but, for others, a certificate provides an opportunity for further training for those who are not ready or unable to complete a full master’s degree.
Successful completion of the certificate will satisfy the experience requirement of the Glenn College’s In-Career MA and MPAL graduate degree programs, and students can transfer up to 50 percent of the certificate’s credits into a degree program subsequent to completing the certificate.

This certificate also provides a lengthier alternative online academic program built on existing courses for students compared to the public and nonprofit leadership training currently offered in the Glenn College’s six-credit Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership.

Application information

Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Personal statements require articulation of how the certificate is consistent with the applicant’s professional and career goals. Students from international undergraduate institutions are recommended to score at least a 100 in the TOEFL iBT. Resumes and transcripts are required from all applicants.

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Other Glenn College Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration

The Glenn College in partnership with the Department of Sociology offer a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration designed to meet the needs of working professionals by providing accessible online criminal justice administration training. Click here to learn more.

Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership

If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career and set you apart as a professional. Click here to learn more.

Required courses (10cr) include

PUBAFRS 6050 Managing Public Sector Organizations (4cr)
PUBAFRS 6045 Fundamentals of Budgeting & Financial Administration (2cr)
PUBAFRS 6060 Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (4cr)

Students also take three credit hours of elective, which include

PUBAFRS 6055 Judgment in Managerial Decision-Making (2cr)
PUBAFRS 6530 Negotiation (1cr)
PUBAFRS 7550 Contract Management (3cr)
PUBAFRS 7554 Performance Management (3cr)
PUBAFRS 7555 Project Management (3cr)
PUBAFRS 7557 Strategic Management (3cr)
Other approved elective (3cr)

Offering Patterns

Autumn 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
PUBAFRS 6050 (HY) annually PUBAFRS 6530 (DL) annually PUBAFRS 6050 (DL) annually
PUBAFRS 7550 (DL) odd years PUBAFRS 6060 (DL) annually PUBAFRS 6045 (DL) annually
PUBAFRS 7554 (DL) even years PUBAFRS 7555 (P) annually PUBAFRS 6055 (DL) annually
PUBAFRS 6060 (HY) annually PUBAFRS 7557 (DL) annually PUBAFRS 7554 (P) annually
PUBAFRS 7555 (DL) annually
DL = Distance Learning (100% online); HY = Hybrid (in-person and online); P = in-person



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