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).
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
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
- PROBLEM SOLVING/CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE 3 credit hours
- 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.
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:
- Demostrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
- Demostrate knowledge and understanding of generalist management techniques and skills.
- Demostrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice.