The Public Administration Program at the University of West Georgia offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management (GCPM).
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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 (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 12
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Management after completing 12 credit hours as specified below:
- CORE 3-6 credit hours
- POLS 5210 Public Management
- POLS 6203 Public Organizational Theory
- SKILLS 3-6 credit hours
- POLS 6206 Public Human Resource Management
- POLS 6200 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
- 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 5215 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
- POLS 5217 Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations
- POLS 6205 Administrative Law and Procedures
- POLS 6208 Scope of Public Policy
- 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
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate 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 Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- Official transcripts from all schools attended
- 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
- Two letters of recommendation
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
Posted deadline includes Application, app fee, and all supplemental items/documents.
See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.
Admission Process Checklist
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. Sooho Lee, MPA Director
- 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.