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Certificate in Public Administration


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Gain the municipal sector skills you need to serve your local community efficiently and ethically.

Ever-emerging changes in the municipal sector require employees to stay up to date. Clark’s Certificate in Public Administration program will give you the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to advance your career and be an invaluable member of your team.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Build competencies in leadership, policy development, and analysis.
  • Benefit from evening and online classes that accommodate professionals’ schedules.
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition.
  • Gain hands-on experience in public policy and regulatory matters.

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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