Undergraduate Government Course Guides
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Not Applicable
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018

Gain Important Public Service Skills with the Online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

Through Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate Program in Public Administration, you will examine the theory and practice of public affairs and civil service administration. This certificate will help you develop skills to implement policies, projects, and programs within government and nonprofit organizations that will improve operations and increase effective teamwork. The online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration will equip you with the theory and knowledge to implement these practices in a career as a civil servant in government, non-government support, and non-profit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Graduate Certificate Program?

If you are someone who wants to make an impact on the world around you, the online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration will prepare you for leadership positions in the public sector where you can make a difference. Our online graduate certificate courses will provide you with essential studies of financial, professional, and administrative issues related to the federal, state, and local levels of government and nonprofit organizations. You will be stretched academically as you prepare for your future, equipping you to work in public administration. Our program is completely online with no required on-campus visits and no set login times.

This certificate program may be the best way to start graduate studies if you are concerned about a Master’s Degree program length and cost. Online Graduate Certificates are intended to be short and focused courses of study for working adults looking to advance their careers. Completing a certificate will provide a marketable credential for job requirements. Also, should you decide to do so later, you can transfer the graduate certificate coursework into a related Master’s Degree.

What Will You Learn in the Online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration?

Liberty’s online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration provides an in-depth, concise overview of important principles of public service and administration. Throughout our online graduate certificate, you will explore theories and practices for navigating the politics of bureaucracy, managing public organizations, and core functions of government. You will study community economic development and strategies for working with local government and communities to better manage public resources and study public policy in the context of the Christian worldview. These skills and knowledge areas will be a useful background for pursuing a public administration role.

You may also be interested in taking the next step in your education with Liberty’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree.

Required Courses

  • PADM 501 – Fundamentals of Public Administration
  • PADM 530 – Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development
  • PADM 550 – Public Policy Analysis

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Program Highlights
Certificate Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Program Highlights of the Online Public Administration Graduate Certificate

  • By earning your online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • This public administration certificate is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • As an online student, you will have the opportunity to network with leaders and experts in public policy from across the country.
  • You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration in as little as one semester.
  • You may apply credits earned from this certificate to our Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times

Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate Programs

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended. A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.