Public Management

When you study Public Management at RWU, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge to become a manager in the public sector. The program offers classes in a range of areas, from ethics and public law to grant writing and program evaluations. Whether you earn this certificate on its own or as part of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, you’ll develop the values of accountability, transparency, ethics, privacy and participation that are core to any government or nonprofit career.

The Public Management certificate provides students with foundational knowledge for managing in the public sector in areas of personnel administration, budgeting, grant writing, ethics, governmental policy, law, and more. Students may earn the Public Management certificate as a standalone credential or as part of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Required courses (15 credits)

PA501Foundations of Public Administration: Legal and Institutional 
- Plus four of the following -
PA512Intergovernmental Relations 
PA513Public Administration and Public Law 
PA514Urban Administration and Management 
PA515Ethics in Public Administration 
PA516Grant Writing and Management 
PA517Computer Applications for Public Managers 
PA518Program Evaluation 
PA530Special Topics in Public Administration 


    The Office of Graduate Admission hosts Open Houses and Virtual Information Sessions throughout the year. 

    View our upcoming events for the most current opportunities to hear about the Public Management Graduate Certificate.

    Application Requirements

    To be considered for admission to the Public Management Graduate Certificate program, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

    1. Completed online application form accompanied by the $50 application fee
    2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
    3. Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in the program, relevant past experiences, and career goals

    Where appropriate, documents should be submitted online through the applicant portal or via email to Any official documents that must be mailed (i.e. transcripts) should be sent directly to:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

    Have questions about the application process? Visit the How to Apply page from the Office of Graduate Admission.