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Certificate in Public Administration

An Online Program


Clemson University’s Master in Public Adminstration (MPA) program offers a professional, non-degree certificate in Public Administration (PADM). This is a fully-online program expanding students’ educational background for a wide range of public and nonprofit careers. The program allows students to network with students and faculty from across the country and to choose coursework from a diverse set of specializations based on interest and professional need. The Clemson PADM certificate provides coursework for certification in Emergency Management, Homeland Defense and Security, Non-Profit Management, Regional Sustainability and general Public Administration Program Requirements: The program of study for the Public Administration certificate requires five courses or 15 hours. Students are required to choose at least one course from the MPA core curriculum. The MPA core curriculum is as follows: • Perspectives of Public Administration • Public Policy Process • Research Methods for PADM • Public Data Analysis • Public Financial Management • Public Personnel Administration • Administrative Leadership In order to meet the 15-hour requirement, students may also choose from elective courses offered in the following program specialization areas: • Emergency Management • Homeland Defense and Security • Local and State Government • Non-Profit Management • Regional Sustainability


Admission Requirements: • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. • Admission to the Clemson Graduate School. To Apply: > Select program code 008 (Public Administration). > Unofficial transcripts from all prior institutions where a degree was awarded and from which transfer credit is desired until admission is accepted. > A personal statement outlining the purpose for pursing a certificate in PADM. > Two letters of recommendation. Attaining a graduate certificate can also be the first step towards a full master’s degree. All of the credits earned during the certificate program are fully transferable to the full MPA degree program. The Clemson MPA program has successful alumni in an array of public, non-profit, and private sector agencies. We have students serving as city and county managers, finance officers, emergency managers, urban planners and many other successful career paths.


For Additional Information: Financial Aid www.clemson.edu/financial-aid Graduate Record Exam (GRE) www.ets.org/gre Graduate School Admissions www.grad.clemson.edu/Admissions.php Master in Public Adminstration (MPA) http://sti.clemson.edu/mpa Tuition and Fees www.grad.clemson.edu/programs/tuition.php University Center of Greenville www.UCgreenville.org

Contact Information: Lori Dickes, PhD Program Coordinator (864) 656-7831 lorid@clemson.edu Carolyn Benson Admission Coordinator (864) 656-4700 cbenson@clemson.edu

Clemson University is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Baccalaureate, Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Questions related to accreditation should be directed to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; phone 404-679-4501.


Certificate in Public Administration