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Graduate Certificate in Public Management

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Overview

The online Graduate Certificate in Public Management exposes students to the essential principles of public management within the context of public policy. Students learn about the foundation of policy development and public management. From this foundation students choose from a variety of electives that focus on areas which include state and local public finance, regional economic development, program evaluation, and other aspects critical to public management.

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

All applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Public Management must fulfill the program's Admissions requirements. The links provided describe in detail what applicants must do and provide in order to be admitted into the program.


Goals

The Graduate Certificate in Public Management provides students with the following:

  • An understanding of the foundations of public management
  • Exposure to the essential principles of public management within the context of public policy
  • Development of the necessary concepts and applied theory to operate in the public management field

Successful completion of the certificate should enhance a student's current career or aid in the development of new job skills. 


Curriculum

Two (2) Required Courses:

POL 500 - Public Institutions and the Policy Process

POL 510 - Public Management

Choose two (2) electives from the following list: 

POL 531 - Program Evaluation

POL 536 - Regional Economic Development Policy

POL 541 - State and Local Public Finance

POL 611 - Administrative Law*

POL 661 - Environmental Law

* Note on POL611 Administrative Law: Certificate students wishing to apply to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program beginning Fall 2014 and after completion of the certificate must apply this course to the core course requirements of the MPP. This will necessitate students taking another concentration course in order to satisfy the MPP requirements. For more information please see here.

To view all course descriptions, visit our course catalog. Students can complete the certificate online within two semesters.


Schedule of Course Offerings

Fall:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL510 Public Management
  • POL 531 Program Evaluation

Winter:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law

Spring:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL 510 Public Management
  • POL 541 State and Local Public Finance
  • POL 661 Environmental Law

Summer:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law
  • Sometimes POL536 Regional Economic Development and Policy
  • Sometimes POL 661 Environmental Law

Attention StudentsCourse offering schedules are subject to change, and in such cases this information will be updated. Any changes in schedule will respect the commitment that a student can complete the certificate in two semesters. Please refer to the COIN management system or University Extension for information on upcoming courses.


Advisement

General advising information can be found on the department's advisement page.

Students matriculating into the graduate certificate in public management have options in how they combine the two elective courses in the certificate program to create a particular "track" or "emphasis" in public management based on current course offerings. Below are examples of how courses can be combined to achieve an emphasis in a particular area:

Law & Policy Frameworks in Public Management (with environmental management emphasis)

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 510 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 611 (Winter or "Maymester" 3-week sessions)
  • POL 661 (Generally offered every Spring semester, and sometimes during Summer intersession)

Economic Development & Finance in Public Management

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 510 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semestersl)
  • POL 536 (Generally offered during summer intersession)
  • POL 541 (Offered every Spring semester)

Public Administration Principles in Public Management

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 510 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 531 or 541 (531 offered in Fall semester, 541 in Spring semester)
  • POL 611 (Winter or "Maymester" 3-week sessions)

Students are free to choose any combination of elective courses to complete their certificate requirements.

* Note: Certificate students wishing to apply to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program beginning Fall 2014 and after completion of the certificate must apply POL 611 (Administrative Law) to the core course requirements of the MPP. This will necessitate students taking another concentration course in order to satisfy the MPP requirements. For more information please see here.


Applying for Graduation

When students are close to completing their studies and plan to graduate, they will need to declare their intention to graduate. They do so by contacting the UMass Dartmouth Registrar's Office. For any questions about the graduation process, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@umassd.edu.


Connection to Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

Students successfully completing the graduate certificate in environmental policy who wish to apply to the MPP program are expected to achieve a B (3.0) or higher in each of the four (4) courses taken to comprise the graduate certificate program. Students who fail to meet this minimum requirement are unlikely to be admitted to the MPP program.


Contact Us

For additional information concerning the Graduate Certificate in Public Management, please contact the program faculty advisor:

Professor Nikolay Anguelov
nanguelov@umassd.edu

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