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Public Management Online Graduate Certificate

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The UMass Dartmouth Public Management Graduate Certificate provides students who have earned a bachelor's degree with the essential principles of public management within the context of public policy.

This certificate program is offered 100% online. Successful completion of this certificate program waives the GRE requirement for applicants to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.


To earn their certificate, UMass Dartmouth Public Management certificate program students must complete 12 credits. The certificate can be completed within 1 year, although students may take 4 or more semesters to complete the program.

These two courses are required:

  • Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • Public Management

Students choose two of the following elective courses:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Regional Economic Development Policy
  • State and Local Public Finance
  • Administrative Law*
  • Environmental Law

Students who successfully complete this certificate and are subsequently accepted into the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program who receive at least a grade of B (3.0) or higher in each course will receive credit for those courses towards the 12 course MPP program.

More information is available on the Public Policy Department website.

*This course is part of the MPP core curriculum. Students who complete this course as part of the certificate and then choose to pursue the MPP will need to take a different Public Management course to complete the MPP with the public management concentration.

UMass Dartmouth Advantages

Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:

  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Free online and in-person tutoring and writing center

Gainful Employment Disclosure: Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates.

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