Why earn a public administration certificate at UND?

Graduate Application Deadlines
May 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15* | Dec. 1
March 15* | May 1

*Priority deadline

The Public Administration graduate certificate provides the management core needed by professionals who have risen to positions of authority in the public and not-for-profit sector without benefit of formal management training. The certificate focuses on enhancing your management and administrative skills in human resources management, budgeting and financial administration, administration law, and ethics.

In this program, you'll also explore:

  • Basic conceptions and trends in public administration.
  • Professional ethics and personal standards of conduct.
  • The fundamental nature of public personnel administration.
  • Applying budget theories in the fiscal management of the public or non-profit sectors.
  • The legal dimension of public administration, including rule-making and personnel law.

Public Administration Certificate

  • Provides formal management training for those in positions of authority in the public or non-profit fields.

  • Designed for working professionals who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program.

  • Available 100% online with "live" Web classes held in the evenings (typically one evening per week for three hours). You are not required to come to campus at any time.

  • Allows you to apply your Public Administration graduate certificate coursework to UND's on-campus or online Master of Public Administration.

Public Administration Careers


Median salary for management occupations

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Highest salary for all occupational groups

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With a Public Administration graduate certificate, you can develop advanced management skills that will benefit your career in public service, including the public and non-profit sectors. If you currently work in the field, the certificate is an ideal way for you to strengthen your skills, confidence and credentials.

The online or on-campus program provides you with the knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of today's administrative positions. UND's program will help you to:

  • Understand the public policy-making process.
  • Use critical thinking and analysis to aid in decision-making.
  • Communicate at high levels in written and oral correspondence.
  • Comprehend and adapt to changing political, economic and social environments.
  • Recognize the importance of integrity and dedication in carrying out the public trust.

A Public Administration certificate gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations

UND Public Administration Alumni

Public Administration alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • City Police Departments
  • Sanford Health
  • Aptargroup, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • City Government Offices

Public Administration Graduate Certificate Courses