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, along with the flexibility to be completed either in-person or online. 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) and may be completed either in-person or online. Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study. Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the Certificate:

  • Grant Writing and Government Contracting (PP 5324 - 3 credits, online):
    This course will provide the student with the core understanding and approaches to researching private and government grants to fulfill the work of a nonprofit. The course provides a strong grounding in grant and proposal writing that supports the usage of program outcomes, financial, and qualitative data to “tell the story” of a nonprofit and its case for financial support.
  • Human Resource Management (PP 5365 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
    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.
  • Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation and Contract Management (PP 5325 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
    This course is designed as an overview of the fundamentals associated with collective bargaining in the public sector. The class is a graduate level discussion on these topics to familiarize the student with the fundamental tools necessary for labor-management relations, negotiation and contract management.
  • Nonprofit Advocacy, Government Relations, and Law (PP 5329 - 3 credits, online):
    This course will provide students with a comprehension of the legal landscape, rights, and obligations in which nonprofit organizations operate in the United States. A second pillar of the course is the examination of advocacy practices of nonprofits with government in support of its client communities, and the support community voice and action in civil discourse and grass roots action with government and other stakeholders. The course will also the review of the legal and tax implications related to advocacy, lobbying, and political activity of nonprofit organizations.
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (PP 5364 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
    This course covers the techniques, practices, and organization of the financial functions in governmental administration. Some topics include tools for analyzing revenue systems; analysis of specific revenues (such as income, sales, and property taxes); analysis of financial statements; costs concepts; budget cycles; and applied budgeting exercises.

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.

Contacts

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