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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 from the following SPAA graduate courses:

  • Collaborative Governance (3)
  • Human Resources Management (3)*
  • Labor-Management Relations in the Public Sector (3)
  • Leadership and Diversity (3)
  • Managing Public Organizations (3)*
  • Performance Measurement and Management (3)
  • Unlocking Open Government (3)
  • Technology and Public Administration (3)
  • Public Policy Process (3)
  • Special Topics in Leadership (3)

For SPAA course descriptions see Courses.
For course schedules, see Rutgers University Schedule of Classes.

*For students in the MPA program, Human Resources Management cannot be used toward the certificate. For students in the MPA program pursuing the Public Management track, Managing Public Organizations cannot be used toward the certificate.

After receiving the certificate, non-degree students can count certificate courses toward the completion of the MPA program. 

To Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:
Contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean for student and academic services (, for instructions, registration guidance, and questions on alternative applied courses.

For non-degree seeking students students:
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. For information on rates and program fees see Tuition & Fees.

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info Session. If 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