Public Management - Certificate

The Certificate in Public Management (PBMG) focuses on the capabilities required for effective and ethical leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors.  This includes the knowledge and skills pertaining to the internal operation of public-service organizations and to the relationship between those organizations and their environments.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Management is designed to provide graduate education in public management for the full-time public service professional who wants to earn a standalone credential in public management; for the individual who desires the education to transition to the public management field; and for the graduate student who wants to earn a credential in a specialized area to enhance employability.

The certificate program is offered in a variety of formats including: online, on campus, or a combination of the two formats.  Students may choose the format which best fits their needs.  The culmination of the program will result in prepared state and federal leaders with the requisite skills and expertise in public service to excel in professional and executive management roles.

Students must complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) of Bush School online and/or in-residence courses with an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher. All Graduate Certificate in Public Management students must complete the required courses PSAA 623 Budgeting in Public Service and PSAA 634 Public Management. In addition, students must complete two Graduate Certificate in Public Management elective courses. 

The last semester the student completes coursework, the student is required to complete the Bush School’s certificate completion form and the university required online degree audit.  The student must meet all university requirements, and the student must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be awarded the graduate certificate.  The certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Courses approved for the Graduate Certificate in Public Management include:

Required Courses
PSAA 623Budgeting in Public Service3
PSAA 634Public Management3
Electives
Select two of the following:6
Tools of Leadership in Public Service Organizations
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Environmental Policy and Management
Cybersecurity Policy, Issues and Operations - A Manager’s Guide
Comparative Public Administration and Management
Governance and Institutional Reform: A Comparative Perspective
Managing Workplace Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Urban Policy and Management
Urban Sustainability Policies and Management
Contract Management
Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Decision Making in Government and Public Service
Organization Theory for the Public Sector
Ethics and Public Policy
Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Accountability in Public Service
Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Human Resources Management in Government and Public Service
Public Information Systems Management
Total Semester Credit Hours12

Coursework Outside the Bush School: The Graduate Certificate in Public Management Director may approve up to one related course from outside of the Bush School to count toward curriculum requirements.  Any transfer credit must follow all university rules.  The course must match the Public Management curriculum; must be no older than five years; must be transferred from an accredited institution; and, the student must have earned a B or better in the transfer course.  No more than three credit hours of coursework outside the Bush School may be used toward the Graduate Certificate in Public Management.