Public Management, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Blended
  • 15
  • $365.00
  • $600.00

Program Overview

The online Public Management, Graduate Certificate is designed to expand and enhance the educational background of graduate students and individuals working in the public sector. 

Students choose the Public Management, Graduate Certificate because of the: 

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished, accredited university. 
  • Low tuition from a convenient, accessible location.
  • Faculty members regarded as national and international scholars and leaders in the field of public administration. 
  • Flexible coursework offered 100% online, allowing for personal and skill development on a schedule that is conducive to busy professionals. 
  • A community of scholars and practitioners who share a deep commitment to effective teaching and rigorous research on public administration. 

The certificate program is for students who have:

  • Already completed a four-year undergraduate degree.
  • At least three years of work experience in the public sector or completed part of their graduate course work in a related field of study.
  • The need and the aspiration to expand their knowledge of public management.

Career Outlook: In today's working world, an advanced degree is essential. A degree in public administration prepares graduates for leadership positions in state and local government, health care administration, nonprofit management and human resources management. According to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, graduate education is expected to continue giving persons working or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors a competitive edge.

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as:

  • Public service
  • Health care management
  • Federal, state and local government 
  • Nonprofit management 
  • Human resource management

This program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Public Administration. In addition to this certificate, the school offers the Master of Public Administration online. 

More about the Public Administration, MPA:

The mission of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is to strengthen public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. The MPA degree is the recognized graduate degree for professionals in public service. 

A master's degree in Public Administration is more than a professional degree. It's a gateway to transforming society through a career in public service. The mission of the program is to strengthen public service in a democratic, yet diverse society by educating students who manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. 

The online MPA offers several concentrations, including: 

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Local Government
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Previous work experience

    Professional experience related to public or nonprofit service, community service, publications, etc.

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Address the following: What factors in your background will help us understand your interest in a profession in public or nonprofit sectors? What are your professional goals? Ten years from now, what do you hope to be doing professionally? How can a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from UNO help you achieve these goals?

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Resume in PDF format

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01