Public/Nonprofit Management Certificate

This certificate aims to enhance graduates’ ability to manage and lead public and nonprofit organizations ethically and effectively.

It establishes effective human resource management as a core foundation, with emphasis on the political, legal, and ethical dimensions of public service employment.

Through study of management theories and techniques, students will gain understanding of contemporary organizational challenges and the tensions inherent to competing values and develop the leadership skills necessary to guide public organizations through change.

Through their choice of electives, students may tailor this certificate to focus more specifically on the nonprofit or public sector.


  • The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours.
  • Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Faculty Director.
  • Students who wish to pursue both the City and County Management and Public and Nonprofit Management graduate certificates must seek approval from the MPA Faculty Director.
  • PUAD 834 will count toward both certificates, but the student must take one additional elective to meet the 12 credit-hour completion requirement for each. 
  • Otherwise, students pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count towards both certificates.

Required Course

(3 credit hours)

  • PUAD 834 Human Resource Management

Required Elective Courses

(9 credit hours)

  • The 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) must be selected from the following:
    • PUAD 703 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
    • PUAD 708 Collaboration in Public Administration
    • PUAD 741 Public Service Leadership
    • PUAD 828 Nonprofit Management and Policy
    • PUAD 842 Law and Public Management
    • PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
    • PUAD 857 Performance Management and Governance


See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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Program Details/Application Process
Cari Ann Kreienhop, MPA Program Manager