Graduate Certificate in Public Management


Graduate Certificate in Public Management

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Management provides current and future professionals with skills to adapt, respond, and lead through the challenges of public service delivery. Certificate graduates gain expertise in human resource management, public policy communication, and organizational management while developing confidence in applying innovative approaches in strategic planning and management, workforce development, economic development, and public participation. Certificate work lays the foundation for management in local, state, or federal public service. 

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Admission to this certificate program requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better. As of fall 2018, current Master of Public Administration students may not pursue this certificate.

Required Courses

The certificate consists of four courses totaling 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. Certificate students must maintain a 3.00 GPA once admitted to the certificate program. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability. Find more about upcoming course schedules. Please see the UCCS Academic Catalog for course descriptions and detailed program requirements.

  • PAD 5001 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service

Plus three of the following courses:

  • PAD 5002 -  Organizational Management and Behavior
  • PAD 5004 -  Economics and Public Finance
  • PAD 5005 -  The Policy Process and Democracy
  • PAD 5006 -  Ethics and Leadership

Application Process

Current UCCS students wishing to pursue a graduate certificate in Public Management must submit a Certificate Declaration to  Students in the Master of Criminal Justice program may count some graduate certificate coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward the degree’s elective requirement. Consult with SPA’s graduate student services specialist or the MCJ program director to verify which courses fit into your degree plan.

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate only must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee. An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master in Public Administration (MPA) or Master in Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level School of Public Affairs coursework completed with a grade of B or better as an unclassified (non-degree) student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ upon admission, subject to degree plan requirements and program director approval. 

Program Cost

The cost of completing this graduate certificate may be estimated using the UCCS Estimate your Bill tool. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid.


The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Public Management.