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Public Management , Graduate Certificate Program

The Advanced Certificate 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 Public Administration (PAD) graduate courses. Transfer credit may be given for one or both of the elective courses.


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Classroom Building B218
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6116
Fax: (716) 878-3369

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 the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses 9 cr
PAD 500 Public Administration and Policy
PAD 601 Public Budgeting
PAD 735 Administrative Practices in Public and Nonprofit Sectors


Elective Courses 6 cr
Select two graduate courses with the PAD prefix.

Total Required Credit Hours 15 credits

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.


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Public Administration and Nonprofit Management

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  B218 Classroom Building
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6116 •  Fax: (716) 878-3369