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Leadership of Public Organizations Certificate

The three-course (nine-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

The cost to complete the certificate is based on the cost per credit found on the latest tuition and fee schedule from the Office of Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services.

For More Information

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