"I did not learn what to think; I learned how to think. I learned to think in frameworks and context. I learned to trust process, to appreciate ambiguity and to think outside the box."
Mary Lou Makepeace
Former Mayor, City of Colorado Springs
Today's public managers lead in turbulent times. The landscape has been described as complex, volatile, dynamic and unpredictable. The Graduate Certificate in Public Management provides not only the skills and expertise needed to manage in the public sector, but the capacity to use these tools strategically. The Graduate Certificate in Public Management program is designed to provide employees and potential employees of public organizations the opportunity to improve their managerial skills as well as their knowledge of the general field of public administration. This certificate, awarded to students interested in public sector management, focuses on the key areas of expertise required of public administrators.
Graduate Certificate in Public Management Brochure
A Graduate Certificate in Public Management consists of four required classes. For descriptions of courses see UCCS Academic Catalog
Required courses include:
P AD 5001 Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service
P AD 5002 Organizational Management and Behavior
P AD 5004 Economics and Public Finance OR PAD 5005 The Policy Process and Democracy
P AD 5220 Human Resource Mangement in Public Service Organizations OR PAD 5625 Local Government Management OR PAD 5626 Local Government Politics and Policy
Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of B- or better in each course counted toward a certificate.
These courses also may be used as electives toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at UCCS School of Public Affairs.
To enroll in the certificate program, all students must:
• submit a one-page certificate application and official transcripts to the School of Public Affairs
Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must also:
• submit a brief application and a $25 processing fee to the UCCS admissions office to be admitted as a nondegree student
• submit official transcripts to the School of Public Affairs
Gainful Employment Disclosures:
The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide the following information about each of our certificates.
Program costs vary depending on each student's particular situation. For the 2014-2015 year, Colorado residents who complete all coursework on campus pay around $7,000 for their certificate, while on-campus nonresident students pay around $11,000. Distance
and/or local students who complete all degree requirements online will pay around $7,665.
Students can estimate specific tuition costs by using the tuition calculator on the Student Financial Services website.
Related occupations for each certificate are listed below. Click the links below to view occupational profiles.
General and Operations Managers
Operations Specialties Managers:
Compensation and Benefits Managers
Human Resource Managers
On-Time Completion & Median Loan Debt:
As this is a newly-approved program, the on-time completion rates and median student loan debt of program graduates are not yet available.