Public Administration

Post-Master's Certificate
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In the Public Administration post-master’s certificate, you will explore public/government relations, public/urban politics and planning and public health administration. You will also examine strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal and international levels from an integrated application perspective. 

Basis of Admission

A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


Public Administration

This course provides the student an opportunity to examine major ideas, developments, and figures in the field of American public administration. The course utilizes a historical approach to understanding the contextual influences of thinkers and movements related to public administration. Doctoral students will compare and contrast historical and current trends, and analyze the development of modern public administration and conditions affecting social, political, and applied management theories.


Administrative Law

This course delves into the key components of administrative law with the principal focus on state and federal laws. Course objectives include the synthesis and evaluation of administrative due process, adjudication, judicial review actions, and the Freedom of Information Act. The nature of the powers vested in administrative agencies, the problems of administrative procedure, and the methods and extent of judicial control over administrative action are also examined.


Public Budgeting and Finance

*Prerequisites: Fundamental requirement in General Management Budgets and financial resources are integral components of most management decisions, especially within governmental entities. This doctoral level course will examine budget formulation, implementation and execution systems, including local government financial statements; use of modern financial management technology, analysis and recommendation of improvements in governmental financial management. Budgeting and finance at the federal level differ from processes at the state, county, and local levels. Students will evaluate both managerial practices and politics that form budgeting and finance at the federal, state, and local levels of government.


Technology in Public Administration

This course explores the impact of information technology on public administration. The role of technology and the Internet in improving government operations and service delivery are the focus of the course. Students will analyze and examine key benefits, including access to government information and transactions, citizen participation, homeland and national security missions, inter and intra-agency communications, and intergovernmental communications. Students will also examine technology compliance issues regarding federal and international laws.


The U.S. Federal Government

In this course, students will explore the organization, function, operation, and politics of the United States Federal government. Students will examine the foundations and historical events of federalism by assessing each of the three major branches of the federal system. Students will examine the issues of liberty and civil rights as they relate to the political process. Finally, students will evaluate the role of campaigns, media, and interest groups which impact the government.


Public Administration Capstone Project

The student will create a comprehensive research project that seeks to create a unique solution to a stated real or hypothetical defined topic approved by the faculty member. Research scope and definitions must be declared before the specific approved project can commence. Students will be assessed on demonstrated proficiency in designed assignments, which will culminate into a final research project.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Business and Technology Management's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $974
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,922
  • Program cost: $17,882
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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