Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration emphasizes the managerial skills essential for local government programs in an evolving metropolitan environment. Through the certificate, students will gain knowledge that strengthens their professional standing and opens doors to management and support positions.

Program Highlights
• 18 credit hours
• Can be completed online
• Credits may be applied toward the Master of Public Adminstration

Program Director
Jeremy L. Hall

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration requires 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including an elective course and the following five required courses. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog. 

PAD 6035: Public Administration in the Policy Process

This course cover the analysis of the role of the public administrator in the analysis, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies, especially at the state and local levels.
Offered in fall, spring and summer

PAD 6037: Public Organization Management

This courses cover the structure, functioning and performance of public organizations.
Offered in fall and spring

PAD 6053: Public Administrators in the Governance Process

This course is an examination of the political, social, economic, and moral context of modern public administration, with special attention to the ethical dimensions of the administrator’s role.
Offered in fall, spring and summer

PAD 6227: Public Budgeting

This course covers budgets as planning programming documents, stressing the relationships of policy and budgetary decisions, problems in grantsmanship and revenue decision making, program budgeting and incrementalism.
Offered in fall and spring

PAD 6417: Human Resource Management

This course covers the managing and motivation of public employees with particular emphasis on organizational behavior and contemporary public service legislation.
Offered in fall and spring

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of public administration interest you?
    • What previous work or volunteer experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Dec. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.