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Public Management, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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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 Omahas 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 masters degree in Public Administration is more than a professional degree. Its 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

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 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:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3

Course Number: PA 8050

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration.

PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3

Course Number: PA 8090

Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.

PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Nonprofit Professionals3

Course Number: PA 8100

This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change. Prerequisites: PA 8050 and PA 8090

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AVN 8020Survey of Aviation & Transportation Policy3

Course Number: AVN 8020

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with advanced concepts of aviation administration and the implementation of aviation policy within the public sector and to identify key concepts and critical issues both domestic and international. The primary focus is to explore the various affects that have resulted from the formation and enactment of major aviation and transportation regulatory issues.

AVN 8360Transportation Safety3

Course Number: AVN 8360

Safety is a fundamental concern in any transportation mode and a required competency for individuals working in any transportation or public works field. This course provides a thorough overview of the development and maintenance of safety policies and procedures for transportation activities. The federal Safety Management System (SMS) process including Quality Management Strategies using safety risk management (hazard identification, risk assessment and control) serves as the foundation for understanding the need to implement a safety culture stressing proactive v. reactive transportation safety program development and management. Predictive tools and methods such as Gap Analysis (GA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), and data sharing approaches are explored. Environmental Protection and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting transportation mode safety are also examined. Prerequisites: PA 8050

AVN 8750Transortation Finance3

Course Number: AVN 8750

This course focuses on the financial administration of public transportation facilities with a strong emphasis on commercial service airports. Areas of emphasis include: fiscal and managerial accounting strategies, capital development financing, revenue and cost centers, the economic impact of airports, airport performance measures. Current trends and issues associated with transportation finance are discussed. Prerequisites: PA 8010 and AVN 8020

EMGT 8060Planning, Preparedness & Mitigation3

Course Number: EMGT 8060

This course addresses the pre-disaster phases of Emergency Management, including planning, preparedness, and mitigation. The class covers the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. EMGT 8060 is intended to prepare students for the various tangible and intangible considerations EMGT professionals face when planning and preparing for disasters, either natural or man-made. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently taking the beginning core of the MPA curriculum

EMGT 8430Response, Recovery & Resilience3

Course Number: EMGT 8430

This course addresses the post-impact/disaster phases of Emergency Management, including response, recovery, and resiliency. The class focuses on disasters declarations and assistance, interagency cooperation, unified and incident command, operational application of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the political, legal, social, and economic considerations inherent with responding to and recovering from emergencies. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently taking the beginning core of the MPA curriculum

EMGT 8600Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management3

Course Number: EMGT 8600

This course exposes the student to contemporary issues in Emergency Management including how to conduct exercise design, development, and evaluation. What different factors affect administration of emergency management services and what actions are required for planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery strategies when dealing with Natural Disasters, Medical Pandemics and Outbreaks, and Terrorism/Para Military Events that threaten the United States. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently taking the beginning core of the MPA curriculum

PA 8110Managing Information in the Public Sector3

Course Number: PA 8110

This course is directed toward in-career and pre-career students in public administration who wish to acquire knowledge of issues in the management of information in the public sector and the basics of computing applications in the public sector. Its primary focus is on special issues in the management of information. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, and PA 8090; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8400Public & Nonprofit Management3

Course Number: PA 8400

The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them.

PA 8410Human Resource Management3

Course Number: PA 8410

A study of the personnel process in American governmental administration. The processes and problems of recruiting, structuring and operating public bureaucracies are examined as well as problems in personnel leadership, neutrality, accountability and performance.

PA 8436Municipal Administration3

Course Number: PA 8436

The administrative structure and administrative practices of American cities covering such areas as finance, personnel, public works, public safety, health, utilities and planning. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with PA-4430.)

PA 8470Administrative Ethics and Leadership3

Course Number: PA 8470

Ethical action and effective leadership are especially important in public service and they are closely related. This course introduces students to concepts from public sector ethics and from leadership theory. Emphasis is placed on decision-making processes, relationships between public and nonprofit sector professionals and elected officials and citizens, and the role of the career public service professional in a democratic society. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8520Seminar in Grant Writing3

Course Number: PA 8520

This course explores the grant-writing process from initial conceptualization through submission and award to final report. The purposes of the course are to provide graduate students with the expertise and tools needed to fund their own research, to provide effective grant-writing assistance to faculty mentors and other colleagues, and to compete more effectively in the job market and/or for acceptance into doctoral and post-doctoral programs.

PA 8550Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector3

Course Number: PA 8550

This course examines the history and theories of the nonprofit sector and why nonprofits are significant in social, political and economic terms; the links between nonprofit organizations, democracy, governments and markets in the United States and abroad and the implications of these relationships for leadership and management; and key management and ethical issues confronting leaders of nonprofit organizations and varying strategies to address these.

PA 8600Administrative Law3

Course Number: PA 8600

This course explores and explains the legal procedures and liabilities associated with implementing public laws through rule-making and adjudication; explains the difference between managerial and legal reasoning; and covers federal and state judicial review of administrative action through analysis of case law.

PA 8710Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations3

Course Number: PA 8710

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of fund raising methods, provide the context in which these methods might be used, and provide an understanding of how fund raising operates within public and not-for-profit organizations.

PA 8730Health Care Administration3

Course Number: PA 8730

This course is designed to familiarize students with the structure and administration of health services systems in the United States. It addresses quality, access and cost of the health services delivery, personnel and funding resources, traditional and alternative health services delivery settings, and forces that shape the current and future health care sector.

PA 8760The U.S. Health Care System3

Course Number: PA 8760

Today’s healthcare system is vastly different from the one that existed only forty years ago. Before the mid-1980s, solo physicians and stand-alone, community hospitals were the principal sources of healthcare. Today, regional delivery systems comprising hospitals, physician group practices, medical imaging centers, laboratory facilities, out-patient surgery centers, home health agencies, and other related healthcare facilities provide most healthcare. What are the forces that are driving this transformation and what does it all mean? Where are we headed as a society? Will things continue to change and in what direction? Are other countries experiencing similar changes? What are the benefits, and what are the costs? Is anyone being left behind? This course will examine the answers to these and other questions through the lenses of history, economics, political science, and public administration.

PA 8930Negotiation Skills Management3

Course Number: PA 8930

This course will focus on the theories of negotiation and the negotiating process.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $365.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $417.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1095.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1251.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $652.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1956.75

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