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Leadership of Public Organizations Certificate

The 9-credit graduate Leadership of Public Organizations Certificate program offered by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark provides pre-career and in-career students with advanced graduate studies in leadership and management within public organizations. This concentrated area focuses on leadership and management topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), management and leadership techniques, and a comprehensive review of all local, state, and federal policies that govern employment and employment practices.

Students seeking the Leadership of Public Organizations Certificate complete three (3) required courses for a total of nine (9) credits. For course descriptions see Courses.

  • Intergovernmental and Intersectoral Management (3)*
  • Leadership and Diversity (3)*
  • Labor Relations (3)*

Courses identified with an asterisk symbol (*) are considered elective courses within SPAA's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. After receiving the certificate, certificate courses can be counted toward the completion of the MPA program. 

To Apply

For application information and requirements see Apply Now.

Program Costs

For information on rates and program fees see Tuition & Fees.

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info SessionIf you have questions about a program or the application process, contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, at