Learn how to serve your community more effectively through work in the public sector with our 9-credit, 15-week graduate certificate program in Public Administration.

This graduate certificate program will challenge you to develop greater competencies in administration, human relations, and management while applying principles of ethical and virtuous leadership.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

7.11 Million
Number of people who work in public administration in the United States

Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/15 weeks


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • People working in the public sector interested in developing more effective leadership skills
  • Nonprofit professionals who want to improve their ability to influence and partner with government organizations
  • Professionals who want to take a step toward earning an MBA or MS in Business with a Public Administration specialization

Career Paths

  • Governmental Department Manager
  • Nonprofit Director
  • City Manager
  • Government Agency Director
  • Chief of Staff
  • Program Director
  • Budget Analyst
  • Campaign Manager

What You’ll Learn

  • How to deal with unique leadership, logistical, and organizational challenges encountered by leaders in the public sector.
  • Best practices for organizing, managing, and financing public sector organizations.
  • Budgeting and financing in the public sector.
  • Procurement processes and contract administration in public agencies.
  • Effective strategies for achieving elected positions in local, state, and federal government.
  • Essential competencies for public sector leadership.

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office.
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

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