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Increase your ability to drive change in your local community with strategic leadership and policy development skills.

If you have a role in public administration today, you must continually stay ahead of the emerging demands on your community—and know the latest best practices for dealing with those demands. With Clark University’s Public Administration Certificate, you’ll be able to put advanced skills and knowledge to use immediately in your current position and in new positions as you progress in your career. When you are equipped with the latest knowledge, the most strategic tools, and an authentic passion for serving your community, an increasing number of leadership opportunities will open up for you in today’s job market.

Whether your career goals involve policy and program formulation, human resources, diversity, or labor relations, Clark University’s program in public administration will expand your knowledge and your credentials. Each course is taught by a leading expert in the field, and the rigorous but flexible format is designed to fit the lives of students like you with demanding professional roles.

Why a Certificate in Public Administration at Clark University

  • Build key competencies in leadership, policy development, and analysis and gain a deeper understanding of social and ethical challenges.
  • Earn a head start in our MPA program by applying 100% of your certificate course credits toward the master’s degree in public administration.
  • Acquire hands-on experience in public policy and regulatory matters as you develop the confidence and skills needed to implement complex solutions.
  • Network with alumni who are leaders in the field.
  • Pursue your professional certificate on your terms with online and evening classes and affordable tuition.

Hitting the Ground Running

Terra Oliveira has worked with local nonprofits that run the spectrum from human services to shelters, the arts, and food justice. She found a home as the director of administration at Worcester Community Action Council, where she enjoys the opportunity to put her MPA preparation to work in a variety of ways.

I was grateful for the opportunity to enter the workforce having already put my interests into practice. It’s been a lot of luck and hard work since then, but I credit Clark’s MPA program for getting my foot in the door.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Our certificate program is focused around the development of key skills for a career in public administration. Start dates for the Certificate in Public Administration program are January, June, or September; students have flexibility in determining the sequence of courses and the pace of completion. Each course is taught by a leading expert in the field. In addition, if you have appropriate professional experience, you may be eligible for a course credit waiver.

  • Project Management
  • Professional Communication Seminar
  • Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Communication
  • Leadership
  • Ethics and Professional Life
  • Interpersonal Communication


  • 6 courses

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