UWG Certificate Program Details


The Public Administration Program at the University of West Georgia offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management (GCPM).

Program Description

The GCPM is designed to meet the needs of practicing public administrators who already have a bachelor’s degree and who desire to: broaden their understanding of the concepts and techniques of public management; or pursue the certificate with the goal of career advancement but do not find it necessary or feasible to complete the MPA degree; or continue their education with the goal of earning a graduate degree in public administration (MPA).

Method of Delivery

Courses are 100% face to face


The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACCSCOC).

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree:
Maximum Hours Transferable into program:

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.


Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Management after completing 12 credit hours as specified below:

  • CORE 3-6 credit hours
    • POLS 5210 Modern Public Management
    • POLS 6203 Theories of Public Organization
  • SKILLS 3-6 credit hours
    • POLS 6206 Public Personnel Administration
    • POLS 6200 Public Budgeting
    • POLS 6204 Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • SPECIALIZATION 0-3 credit hours
    In consultation with the MPA Director, you may choose one of the following graduate level courses in an area of specialization.
    • POLS 5202 Interorganizational Behavior
    • POLS 5204 Public Finance
    • POLS 5207 Technology Policy
    • POLS 5208 Health Policy
    • POLS 5209 Environmental Policy
    • POLS 5211 State and Local Politics and Administration
    • POLS 5212 State and Local Government Finance
    • POLS 6205 Administrative Law and Procedures
    • POLS 6208 Scope of Public Policy
    • POLS 6209 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • PLAN 5701 Technology and Sustainable Economic Development
    • PLAN 5704 Planning Theory and Practice
    • CISM 6331 Strategic Management of Information Technology
    • ACCT 6264 Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing
    • MGNT 5630 Dispute Resolution in Contemporary Organizations
    • POLS 6290 Practicum/Assessment Center


This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - June 1
  • Spring - Nov 15
  • Summer - May 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist for the Public Management Certificate is available here: Graduate_Certificate_Public_Management_Checklist_2011-01.pdf

The Graduate Studies Application Program Sheet for the Public Management Certificate is available here: Graduate_Certificate_in_Public_Management.pdf

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.


For more information on the Public Management Certificate, please contact:

Dr. Robert Sanders, MPA Director


Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of generlist management techniques and skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice.