Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management

Requirements: 15 Credit Hours

Regular Admission Requirements

A student must have the following items in his or her portfolio:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by proper regional accrediting association.
  2. A 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  3. A current resume detailing relevant work experience.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  5. Statement of career goals and objectives.


Individuals applying to the Certificate program must have at least three years of work experience in the public or nonprofit sector, or completed part of their graduate course work in a related field of study.

Program of Study

The Certificate program requires a total of 15 credits and is offered fully online through the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. It takes a total of 1 year to complete the five course sequence. Each course runs a period of eight weeks.


Credit Hours
PBAD   8131Survey of Public Administration for the In-Career Professional 3
PBAD   8132Theory and Practice of Public and Nonprofit Management 3
PBAD   8133Human Resource Management for the In-Career Professional 3
PBAD   8134Ethics of Administration for the In-Career Professional 3
PBAD   8135Theory and Practice of Public and Nonprofit Budgeting 3
Total Credit Hours15

After earning the Certificate, students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 may apply to the MPA program. Successful MPA applicants will receive credit for 15 credits toward their MPA degree. The MPA degree requires a total of 39 credits, whereby, in addition to core management courses, students pursue an area of concentration in public management or nonprofit management.


College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
Graduate Program Director
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8048
Statesboro, GA 30460
phone (912) 478-1400
fax (912) 478-8029
email: mpa@georgiasouthern.edu