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College of Health Sciences and Public Policy:
Graduate Certificate in Public Management and Leadership

Students will prepare to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations with this certificate. They will explore how transformative change occurs in complex public systems and will study how to use the language of leadership to shape policy as they motivate, inspire, and lead their organization.

Students must meet the master’s program admission requirements. Credit from courses taken for a certificate can be applied toward the Master of Public Administration or the MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Students must show progress and maintain performance in a manner identical to a degree program. Students track their progress in their program of study, similar to degree-seeking students. Students must receive a B or better in each course. Note: A grade of B– is not acceptable.

Certificate Requirements

  • 18 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Core courses (15 credits)


Foundation Course (3 credits)

Certificate Courses (15 credits)

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

MMPA 6116 - Foundations of Graduate Study

3 credits

MMPA 6390 - Strategic Context of Public Management and Leadership

5 credits
Quarter 2

MMPA 6542 - Transformative Change in a Shared-Power World

5 credits

MMPA 6392 - The Language of Leadership

5 credits