University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Public Administration



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Public Administration Graduate Certificate provides you with the core management training needed for positions of authority in the public and not-for-profit sector. This part-time, online program focuses on enhancing your management and administrative skills, including: -human resource management -budgeting and financial administration -administrative law -ethics With the Public Administration Graduate Certificate program, you will explore: -basic conceptions and trends in public administration. -establishing personal standards of conduct, including social justice and whistle blowing. -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. This program is designed for working professionals. Fully online, you will participate in "live" Web classes typically held one evening per week. You are NOT required to come to campus at any time. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you! All courses in the Graduate Certificate program may be applied to a fully-online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree should you be admitted at a later date.


The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 12

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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