MPA Graduate Certificate

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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.

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

Public Sector 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.

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

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Other MPA Options

Traditional MPA Options:

MPA 4+1 Accelerated Program Dual Degree - MPA and MSW


Dr. Trent Engbers
Program Director

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