Public Administration Graduate Certificate Online

The Public Administration Graduate Certificate online provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to meet the administrative and management challenges of today's public sector and nonprofit organizations.

  • Schedule & Format

    • Part Time
    • Online
    • 15 Graduate Credits / 5 Courses
    On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.

    Annual Course Schedule

  • Available Online

    When you enroll in an online course, you'll find support and collaboration every step of the way. Our goal is to deliver an exceptional student experience wherever you are.

    Learning Online

  • Admission Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree
    Individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree are invited to apply. College seniors, who have met program entry requirements, are also eligible for admission to the program. 
    Fall: July 1
    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1

    Admission Details

  • Tuition

    Estimated Cost of Certificate
    In State / Out of State: $7,890

    Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates are adjusted annually.

    This program is not eligible for financial aid.

    Tuition Details

Who Should Enroll?

The Public Administration Graduate Certificate is ideal for employees working in public or nonprofit organizations, career changers interested in entering the public or nonprofit sectors, and in-service and pre-career students interested in beginning a career in public service.  


Celeste Greene is not afraid to innovate. As program director for the School’s graduate certificates in Leadership and Public Administration, Greene is working hard to help faculty take full advantage of online technology. “It’s come a long way,” she says. “Today, you can deliver classes that have the immediacy of face-to-face instruction.”

Meet Our Faculty

Celeste Greene

Celeste Greene

It's great to hear from former students that our courses really helped their careers.

Student Stories

Our students and alumni can tell you about the impact our degrees and certificates have had on their lives and careers.
Joceline Nahigian

Joceline Nahigian

Committed to making a difference

Joceline Nahigian describes herself as “one of those people who really want to make a difference.” She decided that public service with the U.S. Department of Energy was her way of having the most impact. To increase her effectiveness even more, Nahigian enrolled in UVA’s graduate Certificate in Public Administration.

Tim Nicely

Tim Nicely

Relevancy to job and workplace

Seasoned HR manager, Tim Nicely, was looking for an opportunity to enhance his knowledge in management and finance. The Certificate in Leadership allowed him to gain the skills he needed while earning a valuable credential.