Do you have a passion for exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? In only five courses, you'll gain a foundation in public policy management to build expertise in careers across the public sector.
The certificate in public administration and public management is designed for students interested in public service as well as for undergraduate students who are interested in developing leadership skills or wish to enhance their degree in an existing major at ASU, for working adults who may wish to further their education yet may not be looking for a degree program, and for students of the BA in interdisciplinary studies who seek to combine certificates with their degree.
Students learn skills that enable them to analyze critical issues, build and bridge communities, deliver and manage public programs, improve the quality of life, lead change in public policy, preserve natural resources, provide public safety, reform welfare, and strengthen democratic governance.
At A Glance
Public Administration and Public Management (Certificate)
- Offered by: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Location: Downtown
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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The certificate in public administration and public management consists of 15 credit hours of course work; students take 12 credit hours of core classes and three credit hours of elective courses. The three credit hours of elective course work may be selected from an approved list of elective classes, taken upon the recommendation of the department.
PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3)
PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3)
PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)
PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)
Contact college for a list of approved electives.
A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division course work.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Students receiving this certificate are prepared to pursue a career in a field related to public administration or public policy, particularly in the areas of participatory governance and public engagement. This may include opportunities as either a manager or policy analyst in local, state or federal agencies; nonprofit organizations, and private organizations whose work interfaces with the public sector.