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Certificate In Public Management

James Kaatz
Strong Hall 326
Phone: 417-836-6424

Program description

The Certificate in Public Management (CPM) is a postbaccalaureate program designed to enable practitioners in government and non-profit organizations to acquire knowledge and skills in public administration without pursuing a full master’s degree. This is an ideal academic program for individuals working in mid-level jobs who have not previously received professional training in public administration. While the focus is on the public sector, the courses teach leadership and problem solving skills that apply to the non-profit sector as well.

The CPM requires a total of 12 hours of graduate credits. The courses are the same as those offered to MPA students. The courses must be completed within four years of admission into the program. The program does not require a comprehensive examination, area of concentration, or a capstone research requirement.

Admission deadlines

A bachelors is required for admission. Application packages should be received by the program office one month prior to the semester you wish to begin. Students may begin the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

Required courses - 12 hours total

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PLS 752 Public Personnel Management 3 hrs
PLS 753 Management Techniques and Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
PLS 756 Budgeting and Financial Management for State and Local Government 3 hrs
PLS 771 Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of the certificate program.