Online Public Administration Certificates

Walden certificates can prepare you with the practical skills needed to become a better manager and leader within your current organization or to seek new opportunities in career fields such as criminal justice, homeland security, nonprofit administration, or public policy.

Our online graduate certificate programs:

  • Feature coursework that is challenging and focused on real-world scenarios.
  • Are delivered in a flexible online format.
  • Offer the option of earning credits toward select Walden degree programs.

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Next Start Date: October 9, 2023

Transfer Credits: Up to 8 credits

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Coursework in this program focuses on fundamental public administration skills and concepts, including policy, budget and finance, and organizational leadership of public service agencies.

This program helps prepare homeland security professionals to confront and manage a wide range of threats to public safety. Gain enhanced leadership skills and explore current strategies for emergency response.

Prepare for fulfilling career opportunities in the nonprofit sector. This program emphasizes essential principles of nonprofit management, such as budgeting, finance, resource development, and strategic planning.

Prepare to become a more motivational, inspiring leader for your public sector organization. This program explores questions related to creating change and shaping policy within complex public sector agencies and systems.

This program helps public sector administrators and nonprofit leaders learn advanced skills and best practices to create more effective policies that address relevant concerns of citizens and contribute to positive social change.

This program helps emerging leaders in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, or criminal justice create more effective strategic plans to advance the mission of an organization while complying with relevant policies and regulations.

More about our certificate programs

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, your level of prior education varies. You will be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment specialist will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping you identify and leverage opportunities to save money on your education. Get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist today at 888-968-5331 to learn more.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why study at Walden?

"Walden is a unique platform of education. They have mastered the art of nontraditional education."

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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