Certificate in Public Management

The graduate-level certificate program is a five-course, 15-credit hour program in the IU Northwest School of Public & Environmental Affairs. It provides a focused program of study in public management.

Certificate requirements are as follows:

  • SPEA V502 (3 credits) - Public Management
  • SPEA V509 (3 credits) - Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector
  • SPEA V540 (3 credits) - Law and Public Affairs
  • SPEA V560 (3 credits) - Public Finance and Budgeting


  • Approved elective (3 credits)

The program is flexible enough to adapt to the needs of pre-career or in-service students and individuals with varying degrees of experience in such fields as human resource administration, criminal justice, health, public or non-profit management. Students may also participate in a public affairs internship through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The extensive practitioner experience combined with the academic credentials of the SPEA faculty provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their understanding of public affairs.

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Does the program meet the needs of part-time students?

Yes, the program and schedule of courses are designed to meet the needs of part-time as well as full-time students. All required courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends, to accommodate the needs of in-service students.

Will I have the opportunity to relate classroom instruction to real-world problems?

Absolutely, the faculty has real-world professional experience, and that experience is recognized in the quality of classroom instruction. Also, the internships offered by the division are outstanding, with opportunities available for graduate-level internships in all areas of concentration.