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Public Management, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Graduate program director
Nancy Stutts, Ph.D.
Interim program chair, Public Administration
(804) 827-2164

Additional contact
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
(804) 828-6837

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Admission requirements

Public Management, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

of entry:



Apr 1 (Mar 1 for financial aid)

Oct 1
Special requirements:
Students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.6 in certificate course work in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs are eligible to apply to the Master of Public Administration program, provided they do so before the completion of the certificate. The student must still formally apply and be admitted to the M.P.A. program. A 3.6 GPA in certificate work does not guarantee admission to the M.P.A. program.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, admission to the certificate program requires the same procedure in applying to the M.P.A., except that a standardized examination is not required.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

The graduate certificate in public management is a program designed to enable practitioners in government and nonprofit organizations to acquire knowledge and skills in public administration without pursuing a full master’s degree.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  2. Students will lead and manage in public governance.
  3. Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, the certificate requires a total of 18 hours of graduate credit hours involving a mix of required and elective courses. The courses are the same as those offered to M.P.A. students.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
Required courses 9
PADM 601 Principles of Public Administration 3
PADM 607 Public Human Resource Management 3
PADM 609 Financial Management in Government 3
Electives 9
Select three electives (9 graduate credit hours) from the following:
PADM 583 Effective Managerial Communications 3
PADM 584 Planned Organizational Change 3
PADM 585 Power, Influence and Organizational Competence 3
PADM 591 Topic Seminar 3
PADM 602 Public Administration Theory 3
PADM 603 Politics and Economics 3
PADM 604 Comparative Public Institutions 3
PADM/SOCY 605 Survey Research Methods 3
PADM 606 Government Management Models 3
PADM 621 Organizational Behavior and Management in Government 3
PADM 622 Public Sector Budgeting 3
PADM/GVPA/CRJS/URSP 623 Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs 3
PADM 624 Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (PADM 623 is a prerequisite for PADM 624) 3
PADM/GVPA 625 Public Policy Analysis  3
PADM 626 Intergovernmental Relations  3
PADM 627 Workshop in Policy Analysis and Evaluation  3
PADM/ENVS 628 Environmental Policy and Administration  3
PADM/URSP 630 Strategic Planning and Management in the Public Sector 3
PADM 637 Organic Human Resources Management  3
PADM 642 Grants Management  3
PADM 650 Principles of Nonprofit Management  3
PADM 652 Administrative Law  3
PADM 654 Program Design and Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector  3
PADM 656 Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector  3
PADM 657 Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations  3
PADM 659 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations  3
PADM 660 Community Power Dynamics  3
PADM 661 Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics  3
PADM 662 Advanced Topics in Revenue and Taxation  3
PADM 664 Local Government Administration  3
PADM 675 Comparative Public Administration  3
PADM 680 Executive Leadership Seminar  3
PADM 681 Governmental Administrative Decision-making Processes 3
PADM 682 Advanced Public Human Resources Management  3
PADM/PHIL/GVPA 683 Administrative Ethics  3
PADM 689 Seminar in Public Administration: Integration of Theory and Practice  3
PADM 691 Topics in Public Administration 3
Other courses from elsewhere in the Wilder School or elsewhere in the university (with approval from the program chair)


Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 18

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements



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