Program Overview

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia offers a Certificate in Public Administration. The curriculum is 15 credits—there are a total of five courses required. The program can be completed in 12-18 months, depending on how many classes students take per term. This certificate program may be a perfect fit for professionals who are currently working in the public or non-profit sectors, or students who wish to seek careers in public service.

The curriculum is specifically designed to help students build the knowledge and skills that are needed to be effective in public sector and nonprofit organizations. The courses encompass topics of decision-making, planning, administrative effectiveness, budgeting, and critical thinking, as well as the management and leadership skills essential for success. This program is only open to students who have earned an undergraduate degree.

The required courses include the following: Introduction to Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Public Organization Management, and Public Budgeting & Financial Management. The remaining credit hours are to be completed with electives; students are required to choose one elective course. The elective courses include the following: Ethics in Public Administration, Environmental Justice, and Digital Government.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree are invited to apply.

    School Overview

    The University of Virginia, commonly referred to as UVA, is a public research university that was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Jefferson, who is known as the father of the university was UVA’s first president, and served on the universities original governing board, which was known as the Board of Visitors, along with James Monroe and James Madison.

    UVA offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as educational specialist and professional degrees. The university’s schools and colleges include:

    • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
    • College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    • Curry School of Education
    • Darden School of Business
    • Mcintyre School of Commerce
    • School of Architecture
    • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    • School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • School of Law
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • College at Wise


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