Certificate in Public Administration

When Attendance at live synchronous sessions is strongly encouraged, but each session will be recorded for students’ future listing (at no penalty) if they are not able to attend the live session.
Average Time to Complete On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.

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.

Career Paths

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.

The Annual Course Schedule and course descriptions are available to help with planning your course progression.

Cost & Financial Aid

Estimated cost of certificate:*

In State: $6,870

Out of State: $13,050

*Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates are adjusted annually.

Student Support

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.

Apply Now