Online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership
Develop the communication, analytical and management skills you need to lead with UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership. This program places a special emphasis on regional and state government, preparing you to analyze social problems and tackle community issues at a local level.
This four-course program is offered by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and is intended for those who currently work, or aim to work, at justice-related organizations in the public sector such as law enforcement, social service agencies and the court system.
The Public Administration certificate is ideal for managers seeking to expand their leadership skills, staff members who are preparing to move into management roles, those looking to gain a management-oriented credential who hold an existing master's degree in relevant fields and Public Administration graduate students who want to earn a credential on the way to their degree.
"Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations."
Deepen your knowledge of a range of topics, including:
- Theoretical and practical aspects of public administration
- Effective change strategies for criminal justice agencies
- The structure and sources of government revenue
- Budgeting as a tool for performance management and accountability to the public
- The use of analytic tools in understanding public policy problems and questions
- Leadership within public and community-serving organizations
- The role of the criminal justice manager in the adult and juvenile justice systems
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
4 Courses / 12 Credits
- MPAD.5010 Foundations of Public Administration (3cr)
- MPAD.5020 Public and Non-Profit Budgeting and Financial Management (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- CRIM.5210 Managing Justice Organizations (3cr)
- Additional On-Campus Courses: View Here »
- MPAD.5040 Data Analysis (3cr)
- CRIM.5900 Descriptive & Inferential Statistics (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
Graduate Certificate Requirements
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.
Online courses meet throughout the year during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .
Completing a Graduate Certificate Program
Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Students must submit their clearance form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Summer 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.†||$495||$1,485|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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For Graduate Certificate Programs, Please Submit:
- An application
- An application fee*
- An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor's degree. If your bachelor's degree is from outside the United States, you may be required to take the TOEFL examination.
- No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs
Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Your application will be processed as soon as all admission materials have been received. You may apply to more than one certificate program but can only take 12 credits maximum before enrolling in an advanced degree. Learn more about specific application requirements for your program of interest.
Count Your Graduate Certificate Toward a Master's Degree
Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree. Students who complete a UMass Lowell graduate certificate with a qualifying GPA (see waiver form for details) can waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) when applying to a related master's degree, if the GRE is required.
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!