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 program includes the knowledge and skills pertaining to the internal operation of public-service organizations and to the relationship between those organizations and their environments. This program is also approved for delivery via asynchronous distance education technology. Students may choose the format which best fits their needs.

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 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.

External applicants must have an accredited bachelor's degree and meet other entry qualifications to be admitted to graduate study at Texas A&M University. Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at Texas A&M University may take individual courses, as may undergraduates at the Texas A&M University College Station campus who meet certain GPA and degree-status requirements; however, all students must formally enroll in the certificate program and meet certificate completion requirements to earn the certificate. An individual who successfully completes the certificate program will be awarded a certificate by Texas A&M University and the Bush School. Grades for courses taken as part of this program will appear on the official transcript, together with the notation that the certificate has been achieved.

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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:

PSAA 623Budgeting in Public Service3
PSAA 634Public Management3
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
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
Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Human Resources Management in Government and Public Service
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.

A limit of only one graduate course may count toward two graduate certificates.  The course must be listed on the approved curriculum of both certificates.