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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  

Budgeting Basics for Public Managers

Wed.-Thu., May 13-14

Information Management Within the Public Sector

Wed., Sept. 9

Leadership for Public Administrators

Wed., Oct. 21

Personnel Management Overview

Mon.-Tue., Jul. 13-14

Supervision Practices

Wed.-Thu., June 24-25


Challenging Conversations

Thu., July 16

Collaboration within the Public Sector

Wed., July 15

Communication DOs and DON'Ts for Public Managers

Thu., Aug. 6

Controlling the Time Robbers in the Public Sector

Wed., Nov. 4

Developing Public and Private Relations

Wed., Dec. 9

Developing and Managing Effective Teams Within the Public Sector

Wed., Nov. 18

Effectively Managing Within a Multi-Generational Public Sector Workplace

Wed., Dec. 2

Emotional Intelligence and Communication Skills for Public Managers

Tue., Aug. 11

How to Assess and Improve Your Public Agency's Performance: The Balanced Scorecard

Fri., Jul. 17

How to Plan and Conduct an Effective Public Meeting

Wed. Apr. 29

Increase Your Public Agency's Funding Through Grant Research & Proposal Writing

Wed., Aug. 12

Legislative Relations Within the Public Sector

Tue., Oct. 6

Performance Coaching for Public Managers

Thu., Aug. 13

Presenting Yourself to One or Many

Wed., May 27

Problem Analysis for Public Managers

Fri., Aug. 14

Strategic Planning for Public Administrators

Wed., Sept. 16

Strategies to Defuse Explosive Situations Available Online

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

Jul. 1-June 30, 2016

Stress, Health and Productivity Available Online

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

Jul. 1-June 30, 2016

Workplace Dispute Resolution

Wed., June 10

  Dates To Be Announced  
Building Critical Thinking Skills in Today's Public Manager
Creating and Innovating Through Change Within the Public Sector
Employment Law for Public Managers
Ethics, Values and the Public Manager
Lead Your Employees to Award-Winning Customer Service Within the Public Sector
Media 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'
Productivity & Quality Improvement
The Art of Delegation
  Public Administration Certificate Calendar
  Governmental Affairs Consortium
Governmental Training
  Straddling the Digital Divide
Article by Professor, Mordecai Lee, Ph. D.
For more information, contact:
Shirley J. Burks (Bufford), Program Director,, 414-227-3157


Public Admin. Summer 2015
Certificate Brochure

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