Certificate of Completion in Public Administration

Whether you’re a student interested in government work or a civil servant looking to advance your career, our online Public Administration certificate program can help grow your skills.

Certificate Stats

Certificate of completion (18 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250 (course materials included)

Career Choices

The Public Administration certificate program will give you the policy-making skills and management training you need to prepare you for jobs that include:

  • Housing manager
  • Local government officer
  • Policy officer
  • Human resources
  • Analyst
  • Government social research officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Charity officer
  • Social researcher
  • Educator
  • Consultant
  • Health service manager

Classes You’ll Take

This certificate program is designed to train employees of government agencies. It’s also a stepping stone for students seeking to gain employment or advancement in government agencies. You’ll learn about communications, finance, organizational behavior, teamwork, management, and the structure of the U.S. government.

  • What Will I Learn?
    • Describe formation, implementation, and evaluation procedures for public policy. (PAD100)
    • Compare and contrast careers in public service and necessary essential skills. (PAD100)
    • Explain the budgeting process and the roles of various public sector budget offices. (PAD107)
    • Summarize financial restraint and auditing in both the public and private sectors. (PAD107)
    • Summarize the following processes: Human resources, performance appraisal, collective bargaining, and grievances. (PAD122)
    • Define equal employment opportunity and cite landmark cases dealing with it. (PAD122)
    • Explain organizational behavior in the public sector. (PAD170)
    • Explain the relationship between attitudes and behavior as well as job satisfaction and behavior. (PAD170)
    • Describe the role of economics in societal development and public policy. (PAD200)
    • Examine the use of macroeconomic and microeconomic principles in public affairs. (PAD200)
    • Examine the National Government and the two major political parties of the United States. (POS110)
    • Summarize the voting systems and lawmaking processes for the U.S. Congress. (POS110)
  • Class Schedule


    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    PAD100 (3): 21st Century Public Policy and Service

    PAD107 (3): Public Finance Administration

    PAD122 (3): Public Sector/Human Resources Management

    PAD170 (3): Public Sector Organizational Behavior

    POS110 (3): American National Government

    Total credit hours: 18

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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