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Learning Outcomes

Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management

  • Define the major theories underlying the field of public administration, as well as evaluate the merits of competing theories and perspectives.
  • Describe and explain the structure and components of the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Recognize and focus on ethical problems, develop and refine appropriate methods of moral reasoning, and be sensitive to the nuances and ambiguities of ethical situations.
  • Understand the components of a public budget, as well as utilize the budget as an important policy tool.
  • Develop and manage the major components of a personnel system within an organizational setting, as well as understand the nuances of effectively motivating and managing personnel.

The Certificate program’s learning outcomes align with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) universal required competencies.  The required competencies include five domains:

  • to lead and manage in public governance;
  • to participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  • to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  • to articulate and apply a public service perspective;
  • to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Last updated: 12/4/2017