Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Management

About the Program

If you currently work for a local government in the U.S., our Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Management can help you advance your career. This program is ideal for you if you hold a management position in an area such as public safety, public works, finance, budgeting, parks and recreation, or housing.

Taught by internationally recognized faculty, the courses in the program focus on local government and are offered in an executive eight-week format. The credits you earn pursuing the graduate certificate will apply to the NIU M.P.A. program, which ranks fourth in the country in local government and 15th in budgeting and finance.


PSPA 600 - Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration
PSPA 630 - Local and Metropolitan Government
PSPA 605 - Organizational Theory and Behavior
PSPA 611 - Public Revenue Analysis and Financial Management
PSPA 650 - Leadership in Public Sector Organizations

More information can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School as a student-at-large, then submit a professional letter of recommendation (current supervisor preferred), unofficial transcripts, a current resume and a statement of purpose directly to the Department of Public Administration at publicadm@niu.edu.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online graduate certificate
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Public and Global Affairs
Credits Required: 15 credits
Tuition per Credit: $595.00 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Spring December 1
Fall July 15


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