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Graduate Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Administration

Do you want to be a leader in the public or nonprofit sector? The University of Southern Indiana graduate certificates in public and nonprofit administration offer students a personal, affordable and practical opportunity to increase their skills while making a difference in the community. Each certificate consists of just four classes (12 hours) and can be completed while working full time. Certificate course:

  • Feature real-life assignments that enable you to practice what you learn
  • Offer opportunities to interact with classmates from across the public, private and nonprofit sector
  • Are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields
  • Can be taken independently as part of a certificate or stacked into a Master of Public Administration degree

Nonprofit Administration

The nonprofit administration certification fosters skills in leadership, fundraising and grant writing, program evaluation, communication and working with boards and community partners. It is perfect for those who want careers as nonprofit executive directors, development directors, fundraising associates, foundation officers, program directors, community outreach coordinators and many other positions.

Students will complete the following courses:

  • PA 605: Foundations in Nonprofit Administration
  • PA 645: Program Evaluation in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • Choice of PA 631: Fundraising and Volunteer Management or PA 684: Grant Writing
  • Choice of PA 606: Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration or PA 609: Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Administration

Public Administration

The public administration certificate fosters skills in leadership, management, budgeting, personnel administration, policy analysis, planning, and communication. It is perfect for those who want to work in public sector agencies, departments, and organizations on the local, state, and federal level. Some of these positions include city manager/administrator, policy analyst, budget analyst, executive director, housing or community development specialist, program director, or research associate.

Students will complete the following courses:

  • PA 632: Introduction to Public Administration
  • PA 644: Policies and Processes in the Public Sector
  • Choice of PA 606: Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration or PA 609 Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Administration or PA 615: Legal Aspects of Public Administration
  • Choice of policy course: PA 527: Urban Politics and Governance, PA 564: Environmental Politics and Policy, or PA 565: Comparative Public Policy

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