Graduate Certificate in Public Management

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

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. Upcoming course schedules are available here. For descriptions of courses see 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

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.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) students 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. 

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

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 gradapp@uccs.edu.

Current UCCS graduate students must submit a Certificate Declaration to spa@uccs.edu.

Upon successful completion of the courses within the declared certificate, students must complete the "SPA Application for Certificate Completion" through their student portal.   The certificate will then be annotated on the transcript, and a printed certificate will be mailed to the student.  Students who wish to pursue a master's degree during or after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.


Gainful Employment Disclosures:

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