CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

The Department of Public Management offers three graduate certificate programs - Disaster Management, Nonprofit Management, and Planning & Economic Development.  Each certificate program is comprised of four graduate courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.  These certificate programs are a perfect complement to students completing graduate degrees in other areas or for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree but who is looking to augment their professional skills in one of these certificate areas.

All Graduate Certificate students will be required to be admitted as graduate students. The application procedures, regulations, and policies given in the master's degree section apply to all certificate students (except for the required letters of recommendation). The time limit for completing the certificate program is three years from the term of entry.

All information regarding course requirements for the certificate programs can be found in the University Catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management is intended to provide professional education for students preparing for careers in emergency management and practitioners seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills in this field. The certificate provides a professional credential for emergency managers preparing to apply for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) program; emergency responders and public health personnel needing to know how their professions fit into the national, state, and local emergency management systems; administrators in educational, business, and other settings where a knowledge of emergency management policies and programs may be needed; and students preparing for academic careers teaching emergency management or related courses.

The course requirements are designed to satisfy most of the educational requirements of the Certified Emergency Manager program administered by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Students in the MPA, MPP, or joint Ph.D. in Public Policy programs may choose either disaster management as a career track or specialization and earn the certificate while they complete degree requirements.

Atlanta is home to a number of large emergency management agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region IV office; the Georgia Emergency Management Agency; the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency; several large international humanitarian organizations, including CARE-USA and the International Rescue Committee; numerous nonprofit agencies that deal with disasters, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army; and numerous public safety and emergency response agencies. Students without professional work experience in the field are strongly encouraged to complete an internship with one of these agencies.

Talk to an Advisor:

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Telephone: 404-413-0021
Fax: 404-413-0023
Email: ayspsacademicassist@gsu.edu

Graduate Certificate in Planning and Economic Development

The Graduate Certificate in Planning and Economic Development is intended to provide a credential for students preparing for careers in the public, private, or third sectors requiring familiarity with planning and economic development concepts and methods. This certificate is not intended as a substitute for a professional degree in planning, but as an opportunity to supplement another graduate degree.

The certificate will provide courses covering planning theory, planning methods and urban and regional theory, plus an opportunity to select electives in a single substantive planning specialization such as economic development planning, health planning, transportation planning, environmental planning or land use planning.

Talk to an Advisor:

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Telephone: 404-413-0021
Fax: 404-413-0023
Email: ayspsacademicassist@gsu.edu

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise

AYSPS Web shootThe certificate program in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise has two focuses. First, it will cover the skills in management, economic decision making, marketing, fundraising, and financial management that graduates can use (but which they are unlikely to get on the job) in any part of the nonprofit sector: social service provision, education, health, the arts, the environment, international relief, or religion. Second, while most nonprofit management certificates have an exclusively practitioner focus, the Georgia State program will prepare students interested in pursuing nonprofit studies within graduate programs in Public Administration, Policy Analysis, or Economics.
This certificate will serve two main groups of professionals: those currently in the nonprofit sector who want to acquire new skills or need a credential to advance professionally, and those outside the sector wishing to enter.

  • Many professionals in the nonprofit sector seek to improve their skills in ways not available through on-the-job training, such as those in strategic management, leadership theories, and managerial economics.
  • As the nonprofit section “professionalizes,” there is an increasing demand from employees currently in the sector for a credential that lies between in-house training programs and actual academic degrees.
  • The third sector’s rise in importance in the local and national economies is indicative of a net movement of labor out of government and the private sector and into nonprofit organizations. Sector-changing employees provide a constant source of demand for the skills and credentials appropriate for such a switch.

Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise may also be interested in joining The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national student organization that prepares undergraduate and graduate students to become competent, well-rounded nonprofit professionals upon graduation. After meeting all of the requirements for NLA, students will earn a national certification as a Nonprofit Professional. Please note that this certificate is conferred by the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance organization, not Georgia State University; therefore it will not appear on official transcripts or diplomas from the university.  For more information on the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance chapter here at Georgia State, visit the NLA website.

Talk to an Advisor:

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Telephone: 404-413-0021
Fax: 404-413-0023
Email: ayspsacademicassist@gsu.edu