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Graduate Certificates

Enhance your Public Administration career with a Graduate Certificate

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

If you’re ready to expand your education credentials and expertise but don't need a full master's program, or already have a master's degree, Villanova University has programs just for you. Now you can earn respected graduate-level credentials from Villanova through certificate programs in public administration-related fields. Each five-course program provides knowledge that can help advance your cause and your career. Choose from:

  • Public Administration - Firm up the skills that will enable you to take on a variety of advanced public administration roles.
  • Nonprofit Management - Build the expertise to effectively manage and lead nonprofit organizations.
  • City Management - Prepare for a rewarding career as a local government professional.

Expand Your Knowledge and Enhance Your Expertise

With Villanova's graduate certificate programs, you'll learn valuable topics such as:

  • Financial management of government and nonprofit organizations
  • Board development and strategic planning
  • Statistical tools for analyzing data and conducting research
  • Effective management strategies and best practices in nonprofit, private and public sector organizations
  • Leadership ethics and value-based decision-making techniques
  • The structure and dynamics of various formal and complex organizations

Who Should Apply?

The MPA program, certificates and specializations are designed for professionals who aspire to lead, and manage public or non-profit organizations. These certificates can also help prepare students for careers in the management and leadership of local government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements.

Tailor Your MPA Degree with Nonprofit Management or City Management Specializations

Students enrolled in an MPA degree program can simultaneously pursue a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management or City Management as a specialization within their degree. These specializations allow you to focus on areas that interest you most:

Career Paths in Public Administration

Professionals with these credentials will be primed to become leaders in the public service and nonprofit sectors, in roles including township manager, policy manager, city manager, police lieutenant and major, emergency services executive manager and fire chief.

Academic Policies

Academic policies for the Human Resource Development and Public Administration graduate programs offered through the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova University are available here.

In the Philadelphia Area?

Click here for information on Villanova’s campus-based Master of Public Administration degree program.

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