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Graduate Certificate in Public Management

School of Public Affairs

Overview

Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Department: School of Public Affairs

This certificate will provide you with the historical, political, and legal context of government organizations in the United States. You will learn and apply concepts relevant to managing government organizations, managing human capital, group development and performance, organizational communications, information management, and ethical and evidence-based decision-making.

Application​ deadlines


Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1


Program Details

Interest Categories: Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

The Graduate Certificate in Public Management is designed to allow students to demonstrate to potential employers that they have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to manage and lead in the public workplace.

Students will understand the historical, political, and legal context of government organizations in the United States. They will learn and apply concepts relevant to managing government organizations, such as organization theory and design, managing human capital, group development and performance, organizational communications, information management, and ethical and evidence-based decision-making. They will also learn and apply concepts, theories, and skills relevant to the effective leadership of government organizations in complex social environments.

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Program Requirements

  • The Graduate Certificate in Public Management requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses for a total of 9 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 5001 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service
  • PUAD 5002 - Organizational Management and Behavior
  • PUAD 5006 - Public Service Leadership and Ethics

Elective Courses

In addition, students select one elective course from the list below for a total of 3 credit hours or an unlisted course that has been approved in advance by the certificate director.

  • PUAD 5170 - Strategic Management for Nonprofit and Public Managers
  • PUAD 5220 - Human Resource Management
  • PUAD 5250 - Intergovernmental Management
  • PUAD 5260 - Managing for Social Equity
  • PUAD 5271 - Managing Conflict and Change
  • PUAD 5503 - Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PUAD 5540 - Organization Development

All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Max Transfer Credits:0

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

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