The Certificate in Public Management provides students with a solid foundation of understanding and skills in public-sector management. Students will develop the ability to analyze governing institutions and the processes of modern government along with some of the basic skills and techniques required to manage effectively in the public sector. This certificate will be of interest to individuals currently working in the public sector who do not have a background in administration and who want to improve their administrative and management skills.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86 is required with a minimum score of 20 in each area, or a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area, or another approved test as outlined in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.
  • a four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a current resume that includes background and relevant employment history
  • a letter of intent
  • three letters of reference

Certificate Requirements (9 credit units)

The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program and/or the courses can be applied to the completion of the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). Courses completed for one Graduate Certificate may not be used toward another certificate. This program is also offered online. Please visit for details.

The certificate program consists of one required three credit unit course, JSGS 801, Governance and Administration, and two electives (6 credit units), as follows:

Required Course:

  • JSGS 801.3

6 credit units from the following:

  • JSGS 802.3
  • JSGS 807.3
  • JSGS 808.3
  • JSGS 815.3
  • JSGS 828.3
  • JSGS 847.3
  • JSGS 853.3
  • JSGS 882.3