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Complete An Online Graduate Certificate In Public Management

Advance your skills with an online graduate certificate in Public Management through Northern Arizona University. The Public Management online certificate is targeted toward professionals currently employed in the public management field who wish to build on their management skills. You can complete this graduate certificate in four classes.

Gain New Skills To Advance In Public Administration

The Public Management online certificate program puts emphasis on giving you the management skills to work and succeed in an administrator role in government agencies, school districts, non-profits and NGOs, and other professional settings.

Complete this graduate certificate entirely online and in just four classes.

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Public Management

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
15 units
Maximum Transfer Units

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • A bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units:

    Select one course from the following (3 units):
    Specialty area (6 units)
    • With your advisor's approval, you may choose any 500- or 600-level POS courses not used to meet other certificate requirements. Courses taken to fulfill the specialty area requirement may not be used to fulfill the Masters of Public Administration degree.
    Please note that no course may be transferred into this program from another university.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.