Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management

The UConn Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management is designed to provide students with fundamental foundations in key areas of public sector management. Certificate students work with their advisor to choose the appropriate four-course portfolio that most effectively meets the skill-set competencies they desire. Certificate students often continue in their education through the Department’s Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy degree programs.

Program Details

Curriculum and Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management requires 12 credits of coursework (4 courses). Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study. Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the Certificate.

  • PP 5319: Program Development and Evaluation (3 credits): This course focuses on how programs can be designed, implemented, and evaluated for the best results.
  • PP 5318: Financial Management for Public Organizations (3 credits): This course examines the management of financial resources and reporting of financial results for public service organizations.
  • PP 5327: Analysis for Management Decision-Making (3 credits): This course focuses on the tools and techniques for decision analysis, understanding the impact of decision choices, simple models of decision making.
  • PP 5365: Human Resource Management (3 credits): This course focuses on job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, and employee motivation, assessment, and development. Also included are diversity at work, labor-management relations, and volunteer management.

To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

Application Process

Admission to the program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate study. Applicants are evaluated based on their demonstrated aptitude for graduate study, experience, and academic achievement. Learn more about our admissions process. 

Cost and Financing

Visit our Cost and Financial Aid page for more information about this certificate program.


For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management please email Professor and Department Head Mohamad Alkadry.