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Certificate Program

Clemson University’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional, non-degree certificate in Public Administration (PADM). This is a fully online program expanding students’ educational background for a wide range of public and nonprofit careers. The program allows students to network with students and faculty from across the country and to choose coursework from a diverse set of specializations based on interest and professional need. The Clemson PADM certificate provides coursework for certification in Emergency Management, Homeland Defense and Security, Non-Profit Management, Regional Sustainability and general Public Administration.

Attaining a graduate certificate can also be the first step towards a full master’s degree. All of the credits earned during the certificate program are fully transferable to the fill MPA degree program. Be advised that due to the fact that this is a non-degree program that federal financial aid will not be awarded to individuals in the non-degree program.

The Clemson MPA program has successful alumni in an array of public, non-profit, and private sector agencies. We have students serving as city and county managers finance officers, emergency managers, urban planners and many other career paths.

Program Requirements

The program of study for the Public Administration certificate requires five courses or fifteen hours. Students are required to choose at least one course from the MPA core curriculum. The MPA core curriculum is as follows:

  • Perspectives of Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Research Methods for PADM
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Administrative Leadership

In order to meet the fifteen hour requirement, students may also choose from elective courses offered in the following program specialization areas:

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Defense and Security
  • Local and State Government
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Regional Sustainability