Leadership of Public Organizations

The 18-credit graduate certificate program in Leadership of Public Organizations provides students a focus on human resources topics including: best practice policy; diversity and inclusion; management and leadership techniques; and a comprehensive review of all local state and federal policies that govern employment, and employment practices.

Applicants for the Nonprofit Management Certificate may take courses simply by completing the graduate application and selecting 20834S, Public Administration - Leadership and Administration Certificate, within the non-degree option.

Students completing the certificate should notify the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, who will verify that the certificate courses have been completed, and issue the certificate. Certificate courses completed with a grade of B or better may be used for the MPA degree, should a student elect to apply to the degree program. If a certificate student elects to matriculate into the MPA degree program, the admission application must be completed before the student may become matriculated.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Two academic, one professional)


Students seeking the Leadership of Public Organizations Certificate complete six (6) courses for a total of 18 credits.


  • 20:834:505 Intergovernmental Relations and Management (3)
  • 20:834:507 Leadership and Diversity (3)
  • 20:834:527 Labor Relations (3)
  • 20:834:522 Managing Public Organizations (3)
  • 20:834:523 Human Resources Administration (3)
  • 20:834:515 Administrative Ethics (3)


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