Public Management Certificate

School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The purpose of the certificate in public management is to allow working professionals with careers in the public sector or graduate students in a related field of study (such as political science or city and regional planning) to expand their educational background and to enhance their knowledge in the area of public management. The graduate certificate is designed to extend students' understanding of theory and practice in the field of public management.

Program Contact Information

Carol Ebdon, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
111 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS)
402.554.2152
cebdon@unomaha.edu

Meagan Van Gelder, EdD, Coordinator
111 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.3480
mvangelder@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

The certificate in public management can be obtained online. These courses can be transferred into the MPA program upon acceptance into the MPA program.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: NA

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Students must have 3 years of work experience in the public sector.
  • The general prerequisite for admission to the graduate certificate in public management program is a four-year bachelors' degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA of the junior-senior year (last 50-60 credit hours).
  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.  Applicants must complete the exam with a minimum score of at least:  TOEFL exam with a score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE.

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
    • 2-4 pages double spaced, answering the following questions:
      • Why are you pursuing the certificate?
      • What are your goals?
  • Resume

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
PA 8050FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION3
PA 8090ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
PA/AVN 8100ADVANCED MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
MANAGING INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP
MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION
PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT BUDGETING
INTRODUCTION TO THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR
SEMINAR IN GRANT WRITING
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
FUND RAISING IN PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
NEGOTIATION SKILLS IN GENERAL MANAGEMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS PUBLIC ADMIN
AVIATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
TRANSPORTATION FINANCE
PLANNING, PREPAREDNESS, AND MITIGATION
RESPONSE, RECOVERY & RESILIENCE
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
SEMINAR IN URBAN STUDIES
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPMENT
Total Credits15