The online certificate of graduate study in public management is designed primarily for professionals who work in government, whether in a city, county, or state government position. It is particularly pertinent for those who may not have had management education, but now find themselves in positions dealing with financial issues, supervision of staff, the challenges of communication and and information technology (such as e-government, confidentiality, and the availability of data on the web), or organizing citizen participation in meetings. This certificate will also be helpful to those seeking to develop competencies to move their public service careers ahead to the next level.
The certificate classes are taught by Muskie faculty, as well as adjunct faculty with advanced degrees. Classes are web-based and use Blackboard to maximize interaction among students and faculty members. Students must have access to a high-speed Internet connection. For further information about signing into online courses and using Blackboard, visit http://www.usm.maine.edu/online.
Students who decide to continue their education in the Public Policy and Management degree program in Portland or Augusta may transfer these credits upon acceptance provided the grades are a ‘B’ or better. Students may also wish to coordinate their classes with the nonprofit management certificate.
PPM 617 Strategies for Effective Management (Spring, new course)
PPM 632 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (Fall)
PPM 636 Management Information Systems in the Public, Health, and Nonprofit Sectors (Spring)
PPM 640 Public Finance and Budgeting (Fall)
Visit the USM Graduate Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process
Questions about applying? Contact the Muskie School Student Affairs Office at (207) 780-4762 or email@example.com
Questions about the certificate? Contact Professor Carolyn Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org