Graduate Certificate in Public Management

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

If you’ve been working in a technical role and are working towards a position that is more managerial, you want to feel prepared and ready when the time comes. Whether you are a current employee in the public management field or you are pre-career and looking to start off on the right foot, earning a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Indiana University Kokomo will serve you well.

This is a 15-credit-hour, flexible certificate program taught at the graduate level. With its flexibility, this certificate can be tailored and adapted to meet your personal needs, whether you are just starting out or are looking to transition into a new role. With course offerings like Public Human Resources Management to Law and Public Affairs to Management in Non-Profit Sector, get the knowledge and skills you need to advance.

This certificate is a 15 credit hour program in public management at the graduate level. The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Career employees of public sector agencies seeking courses in public management, especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, will find the certificate program beneficial. 

Applicants with bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Management of the Department of Public Administration and Health Management (PAHM). The minimum preferred requirement for admission includes a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of “B" (3.0) or higher. Students with a GPA between 2.6 and 3.0 may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Public Management and on successful completion could apply to the M.P.M. degree program. Students seeking admission to the graduate program do not need to take the GRE or GMAT test.

Applicants should apply to the certificate program and request financial assistance as early as possible before the desired semester of enrollment. (It usually takes at least three weeks to process applications).


Each application for admission is carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. Applicants to all PAHM degree programs must do the following:

  1. Submit application to the MPM Director's office, Main Building Room 185C.
  2. Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.6 or higher.
  3. Submit complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. (Students who have taken coursework on any Indiana University campus do not need to submit an Indiana University transcript.)
  4. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $40 to IU Kokomo.
  5. Submit proof of bachelor's degree certification from an accredited institution. Students who have not completed undergraduate coursework at the time of application may be admitted based on the strength of previous work, but a final transcript attesting to the award of a bachelor's degree must be submitted before the student can enroll.

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Public Management program are processed on a year-round basis for admission in any academic semester.

Academic Probation:

Students are placed on probation following a semester in which their cumulative or semester grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0. Students on probation or admitted provisionally are required to attain an average of at least 3.0 (B) for all work completed by the end of the semester. Failure to do so is cause for dismissal.


How many classes will I take? 

You will take a total of 36-39 credits hours or 12-13 courses.

What kinds of classes will I take? 

You will take the class in the following  areas:

  • Administrative law
  • Human Resources
  • Administrative Ethics,
  • Financial Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Executive Leadership
  • Public Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management Economics and Statistics

How many students will be in my classes? 

In most cases, you will have 15-25 students in each class.

What are faculty qualifications? 

Ninety-eight percent hold a Ph.D. and the remaining two percent hold J.D. or are adjunct faculty who are specialized professionals.

Can I do an internship with this program? 

Yes, you can participate in the practicum in public affairs.

Can I study abroad with this degree? 


Will you help me find a job when I graduate? 

We have a career office that can help you look for a job in addition to other avenues that you may explore.

Are there student organizations for this degree? 

There are several student organizations on campus.

How can I get in touch with my professor? 

By telephone, email,l or office visit.

Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes? 

There is the Director of Graduate Programs who can help you plan your studies in PAHM.

What kind of job can I get with this degree?  

Graduates may be employable in various organizations including the following:

  • Public service - state, county, and local
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Healthcare organizations

In addition, students completing the certificate may be qualified to consider further graduate education such as law school or completing a Ph.D.

Sound like a good fit?

If you’re ready to dive deeper into public administration or add public administration knowledge to your current expertise, don’t wait! We have friendly faculty and staff who are excited to hear from you. If you have questions about this program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you’re ready to go ahead and hop in, you can apply today! 

For the most current requirements for this certificate, please visit our Academic Bulletin

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.