Public Administration Graduate Certificate

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.

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 Program 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

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts – Please mail the transcripts to the University of Mary at:
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    University of Mary

    7500 University Drive

    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? We’ll request your transcripts for you! Contact your admissions representative today to learn more! 

Note: Current students with senior status (greater than 90 semester credits earned) may enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online
  • Tuition: $520/credit
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit

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