Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Management

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Management is designed primarily for professionals who work in government, whether in a city, county, or state position, and those who would like to prepare for employment in public service. The certificate program 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, information technology, local economic development, sustainability planning, or engaging citizens . 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 School faculty, as well as adjunct faculty with relevant experience and advanced degrees. Students who decide to continue their education in the Master’s in Policy, Planning and Management may transfer a maximum of 12 credits toward their degree upon acceptance.





Students should select 12 credits from the following list of courses.

  • PPM 517 Practical Strategies for Effective Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns and Counties
  • PPM 532 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 536 Management Information Systems in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 640 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)
  • PPM 641 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)
  • CPD 502 Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Development
  • CPD 515 Citizen Involvement and Dispute Resolution  (3 credits)
  • CPD 622 Introduction to Arc/GIS (3 credits)



Visit USM Graduate Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.



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