Program Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Administration program is intended for students who are interested in careers within the field of public administration and public service delivery. The program will focus on providing students an education that will teach how to analyze problems that the government and nonprofit organizations face in the real world. Courses within the program will teach students how to make public service positions more efficient, economic and effective.

The program is described as a “fast-track” program that will strengthen skills and knowledge that is required for many future careers within the public administration field. Many of the program’s instructors are experience professionals, ensuring students receive a real-world education and the necessary application.

The program's courses may be completed entirely online. If a student would like to take traditional classes, the program also offers campus-based courses on the San Francisco campus.

Students will need to complete six course for a total of 18 semester units. The program requires the completion of the course Public Policy & Administration and also offers the student the option to choose five other courses, from a list of nine, in order to fulfill the rest of the program’s requirements. Some of the Required Course choices are Internship: Public Administration, Selected Topics in Public Administration, Directed Study in Public Administration, and Public Budgeting Techniques and Processes.

Some of the courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before enrollment. The prerequisites may be completed through course completion at Golden Gate University or by approved transfer credit.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a high school diploma or GED.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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