Graduate Certificate in Public Management


Graduate Certificate in Public Management

former mayor of Colorado Springs



The Public Management certificate provides current and future professionals with skills to adapt, respond, and lead through the challenges of public service delivery.  Certificate graduates gain expertise in human resource management, public policy communication, and organizational management while developing confidence in applying innovative approaches in strategic planning and management, workforce development, economic development, and public participation.  Certificate work lays the foundation for management in local, state, or federal public service.  As of fall 2018, current Master of Public Administration students may not pursue this certificate.

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The graduate certificate in Public Management consists of four required courses.  Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability.   Find more about upcoming course schedules. For descriptions of courses see the UCCS Academic Catalog.

Required courses include:

  • PAD 5001 Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service

Plus three of the following courses:

  • PAD 5002 Organizational Management and Behavior
  • PAD 5004 Economics and Public Finance
  • PAD 5005 The Policy Process and Democracy
  • PAD 5006 Ethics and Leadership

Current UCCS students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or the MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the courses within the certificate with a "B" or better may apply the courses to the MPA or MCJ degree, if admitted.  Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to the degree. Current students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee.  An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Gainful Employment

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.


The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Public Management.