If you work in local government or if you are a graduate student pursuing a public service-related degree, Ball State University has a new graduate certificate that should be on your radar: a certificate in public administration.

This 12-hour program provides you with an understanding of public policy and the principles of management and administration in the public sector. With the public administration certificate, you will be on your way to fulfilling managerial and supervisory responsibilities in a public agency or nonprofit organization.

What are the benefits for professionals working in government or for nonprofits?

As a public employee, you need to upgrade your management and administrative skills to keep pace with the job market—and successfully navigate the financial stresses in government. And you need a credential to document your mastery of advanced management training.

Certificate course work is drawn from the core requirements of our master of public administration degree, so completing the four-course certificate can be a first step toward pursuing the Ball State master of public administration degree.

What can the certificate mean to graduate students already at work on another program?

If you are pursuing a Ball State graduate degree that is preparing you for the public or nonprofit sector, the certificate in public administration can provide you with the administrative skills and knowledge needed to complement your work in related disciplines

Mode of Delivery

This is a blended program that uses a combination of online and on-site courses. An executive blended format allows Indianapolis-area professionals to complete the majority of the coursework online and to meet face-to-face once each month at Ball State's center in Fishers, Indiana. In addition, courses are also offered on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana.

Academic Advisor

Charles Taylor, PhD
Department of Political Science

Take the Next Step

Learn more about admission requirements and how to apply and the courses you will take in the certificate.