Public Management Certificate

The Public Management Certificate (PMC) is a 18-credit hour graduate program that includes six courses drawn from the curricula of the Master of Public Affairs degree program. Professionals are immersed in an academic environment (away from the workplace) designed to foster teamwork and an informal network of educated managers capable of demonstrating leadership in action.

Public Management Certificate program courses may be applied toward a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Course descriptions

SPEA V-502: Public Management (3 credits)
Analysis of concepts, methods and procedures involved in managing public organizations. Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation and management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state and local levels of government.

SPEA-V 504: Public Organizations (3 credits)
This course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: (1) individuals and groups in public organizations, (2) the design of public organizations, (3) organization-environment relations and (4) inter-organizational relations.

SPEA-V 550: Topics in Public Affairs: Defense Policy in the 21st Century (3 credits)
Examination of managerial and organizational issues likely to influence the operation of the Navy in the next century. Topics will included: Defense policy analysis and program planning, OMB budget formulation and execution, Senate and House Committee Members and Staff – roles and responsibilities, current and future trends in personnel management, and the strategic planning process for headquarters tot the field activity level. This course provides a series of high-level partisan and issue-oriented briefings and discussions with policy and decision-makers on site in Washington, DC. (Capstone course)

SPEA-V 560: Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)
The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy; sources of public revenue and credit; administrative, political and institutional aspect of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.

SPEA-V 561: Public Personnel Management (3 credits)
Analysis of the structure, operations and design of public personnel systems, including government agencies and public enterprise. Relationships between public policy and personnel concepts, values and operations are considered.

SPEA-V 547: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs
Students will learn the skill of interest-based negotiation through role-play and simulation. Students will learn about dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, arbitration, fact finding, early neutral evaluation, ombudsmanship and facilitation. The course covers dispute resolution in federal government and in the context of public, environmental, labor, and business disputes.