Public Management, Graduate Certificate Program
The curriculum is fully integrated in the proposed MPA, should students wish to pursue the MPA after obtaining this the Graduate Certificate in Public Management. Students may not be enrolled concurrently in both the Certificate and a Buffalo State's Master's program.
Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: GRCT-NS
Major Code: PMG
Political Science Department
Keith Henderson, Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator and Professor
B218 Classroom Building, (716) 878-6116
The graduate certificate program in Public Management provides students with an advanced course of study at the graduate level concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education and skills required for administrative and leadership positions in governmental offices and not-for-profit agencies. The program, totaling 15 credit hours, includes three required core courses (9 credit hours) and two electives (6 credit hours) taken from the pre-approved list of electives. Transfer credit may be given for one or both of the elective courses. Students may matriculate in a master’s program at Buffalo State while pursuing this certificate.
Online Availability: Some courses in the certificate are offered hybrid and online.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale) or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
2. A brief written statement of the applicant’s professional or educational goals and how a graduate certificate in public management supports these goals.
3. Successful review by the Admissions Committee.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Required Courses 9 cr
PSC/PAD 500 Public Administration (3 credits)
PAD 601 Public Budgeting (3 credits)
PAD 735 Administrative Practices in Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
Elective Courses 6 cr
Select two graduate courses with the PAD prefix.
Total Required Credit Hours 15 cr
All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.