Northern Arizona University

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Public Management Certificate


South San Francisco Street

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Public Management Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 hours of course work. This program may be completed entirely online.


You must take one course in each of the following three blocks and two elective courses in a specialty area: 

Courses taken to fulfill the specialty area requirement may not be used to fulfill the Masters of Public Administration degree.

Core courses—3 units

  • POS 541—Public Management
  • POS 543—Public Organizations

Skills courses—3 units

  • POS 642—Human Resources Admin
  • POS 644—Government Budgeting

Problem solving and professional experience—3 units

  • POS 581—Current Issues in Administration

Topics courses may be taken twice with different topics

  • POS 608—Fieldwork Experience
  • POS 697—Independent Study (must be approved by advisor)

Specialty area—6 units        

  • 500- or 600-level political science course, selected with advisor approval, and not used to meet some other requirement

You may choose to take both POS 541 and 543, and use one to satisfy the core requirement, and apply the other towards satisfying the specialty area.

Both POS 541 and 543 may be applied to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. With advisor approval, students may replace 541 or 543 in their certificate program with POS 641 or 643, respectively; these courses are not offered online.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

International Student Requirements:

Please see our website for international applicant requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 15

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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