Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration provides students with advanced knowledge of administration and management in the public sector. The graduate public administration courses cover topics critical to public administration law, finance, and analysis. Experienced and knowledgeable faculty teach students from a Christian worldview on current issues such as trends, personal conduct, fiscal management, and rule-making in public administration. The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration prepares students for:

  • Leadership or management roles in government or non-profits
  • Having and understanding how economic, political, and social issues impact government agencies and non-profits.
  • Becoming effective problem-solvers in public management and policy.
  • 15 credit hours
  • 100% online
  • 7-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

Admission Information

Admission into the Public Administration Certificate is open to students who have completed either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.  See specific admission criteria below.

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B or higher in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the public administration certificate program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.  Students admitted on a conditional basis to the public administration certificate program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Curriculum Summary

Must take all 5 courses to complete the online certificate program:

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 611  Public and Admin Law 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

These rates are for August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Grad. Certificates - Finance, Health, HR,Leadership, Public Admin. $575
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $460

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