Certificate in Public Administration
About the Program
UVA | Certificate | Online – The UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ graduate Certificate in Public Administration provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to meet the administrative and management challenges of today’s public sector and nonprofit organizations. The certificate is ideal for employees working in public or nonprofit organizations, career changers interested in entering the public or nonprofit sectors, and in-service and pre-career students interested in beginning a career in public service.
Students earning a graduate Certificate in Public Administration are eligible to apply and transfer their credits into the Virginia Tech Master of Public Administration program through a graduate transfer partnership.
- Master of Public Administration
- Government job (federal, state, or local)
- Government relations
- Public service
Courses & Requirements
15 Graduate Credits | Course Checklist
The graduate Certificate in Public Administration requires you to complete a total of 5 courses (4 required, 1 elective). The curriculum provides an overview of the theory and practice of public administration, introduces tools and concepts in performing policy analysis, and covers environmental policy, healthcare, welfare, terrorism, immigration, and foreign policy. Students become familiar with public organization management literature, current schools of thought, and public budgeting and financial management. Electives include ethics, environmental justice, digital government, and emergency services.
Asynchronous online courses can sometimes include synchronous sessions. Please see Current Term Classes for details.
Cost & Financial Aid
Estimated cost of certificate:*
$7,890 (same in-state and out-of-state)
*Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates are adjusted annually.
We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.
As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:
- Library collections and services
- Computer lab with printer/copier
- Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
- Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Free parking with a student parking pass
Students can easily access the resources available to them through the Student Portal, where they will find academic resources and policies, information about UVA and Charlottesville, how to pay for a class, or set up their email accounts. Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found on the Student Portal.
How to Apply
Individuals must apply to and be offered admission to earn a certificate. A maximum of two courses that will count toward satisfying the requirements for the certificate may be taken prior to admission. Formal application and admission instructions, contact information, application deadlines, and transcript information, are available online.