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Certificate in Public Administration

Students in this program are supervisors, managers and administrators as well as those seeking to be promoted to those positions. Core workshops and the electives enhance the analytic capability and skill in managing a range of public and nonprofit services, including elected office, public works, social services, health and public safety. Workshops are taught by UWM faculty and ad hoc faculty who are or who have been public managers. The gap between practice and theory is bridged through small group exercises, case studies and the brainstorming of nonprofit and public constraints managers face.

Earn the certificate by completing five core workshops and 17 one-day electives in 2.5 years.

The workshops provide the foundation for understanding decision-making and supervision processes critical to proactive management.

To enter the program, simply register for one or more of the workshops.
Enrollment in any class puts you on the path to the Certificate.

The core workshops are:
Leadership (6 hrs)
Personnel Management Overview (12 hrs)
Budgeting (12 hrs)
Supervision Practices (12 hrs)
Information Management (6 hrs)

Elective workshops are more focused to help participants build skills related to specific managerial issues. Each semester, we offer a variety of electives permitting students to enroll in the ones that most interest them. 17 one-day electives, in addition to the five core workshops, are needed to receive a Certificate.

We automatically track your progress.

No college level requirements are needed before enrolling the Certificate in Public Administration. Candidates are required to complete core workshops and a total of 150 class hours.

  Core Courses  

Information Management Within the Public Sector

Wed., Sept. 10

Leadership for Public Administrators

Wed., Oct. 22

Wed., Apr. 15, 2015

Supervision Practices

Wed.-Thu., June 25-26

  Dates To Be Announced  
Budgeting Basics for Public Managers
Personnel Management Overview

Building Critical Thinking Skills in Today's Public Manager

Wed., March 18, 2015

Controlling the Time Robbers in the Public Sector

Wed., May 28

Emotional Intelligence and Communication Skills for Public Managers New Class

Wed., May 14

Employment Law for Public Managers

Wed., Aug. 13

Ethics, Values and the Public Manager

Wed., Sept. 24

How to Plan and Conduct an Effective Public Meeting

Wed., Apr. 30

Lead Your Employees to Award-Winning Customer Service Within the Public Sector

Wed., July 30

Media Relations Within the Public Sector

Wed., Oct. 8

Productivity & Quality Improvement

Wed., July 16

Strategies to Defuse Explosive Situations Available Online

Course Accessible: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

Course Accessible: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Stress, Health and Productivity Available Online

Course Accessible: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

Course Accessible: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Workplace Dispute Resolution

Wed., June 11

  Dates To Be Announced  
Collaboration within the Public Sector
Communication DOs and DON'Ts for Public Managers
Creating and Innovating Through Change Within the Public Sector
Developing Public and Private Relations
Developing and Managing Effective Teams Within the Public Sector
Effectively Managing Within a Multi-Generational Public Sector Workplace
How to Assess and Improve Your Public Agency's Performance: The Balanced Scorecard
Increase Your Public Agency's Funding Through Grant Research & Proposal Writing
Legislative Relations Within the Public Sector
Motivating Employees in the Public Sector: Getting More Done With Less
Negotiation Skills for Public Managers: 'Winning' Without Creating 'Losers'
Performance Coaching for Public Managers
Presenting Yourself to One or Many
Problem Analysis & Problem Solving for Public Managers
Social Media in the Public Sector: Explore the Possibilities
Strategic Planning for Public Administrators
The Impact of Inclusion Strategies for Public Managers
The Public Management Profession and Environment
  April - November 2014 Calendar
Public Administration Participant Program Calendar
  Governmental Affairs Consortium
Governmental Training
  Straddling the Digital Divide
Article by Professor, Mordecai Lee, Ph. D.
For more information, contact:
Shirley J. Bufford, Program Director,, 414-227-3157


Public Admin. Summer 2014
Certificate Brochure

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