Certificate in Public Management


Public managers are tasked with making critical administrative and financial decisions that shape communities and affect the quality of life for those who live within them. Designed to help students gain advanced theoretical perspectives and innovative problem-solving approaches, the USC Price graduate Certificate in Public Management fosters the development of strong managerial skills, along with opportunities to learn from renowned faculty.

Individuals who wish to pursue training in public administration but who are unable to enroll for the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree may find this certificate program of particular interest. Key to the program’s success is the close integration of the academic curriculum and the application of skills and theory to managerial work assignments. Students may enroll at any time throughout the year.

Required Courses

  • Public Administration and Society (PPD 540)
  • Policy and Program Evaluation (PPD 542)
  • Human Behavior in Public Organizations (PPD 545)
  • One four-unit elective (500-level offering in the PPD curriculum)

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in Public Management who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC (and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA ) need only submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.

Prospective Applicants — Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admission website.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to our office:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089

2. Resume (upload via online application)

3. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

November 1 – Spring Semester
April 1 – Summer Semester
July 1 – Fall Semester

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at uscprice@usc.edu for more information.

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program: