Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2012-56
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Arnold Maltz, Chair
Date of First Reading: April 23, 2012
Date of Second Reading: September 17, 2012
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Programs – School of Public Affairs – for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Public Administration
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Public Programs – School of Public Affairs – for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Public Administration
Rationale: The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration prepares students for work in government at all levels and nonprofit organizations through comprehensive coverage of topics in public administration, management and policy. Students discover the challenges of management, learn how to lead a public organization, and understand the process of policy development. The certificate is designed to give students a solid foundational understanding of administration, leadership and policy analysis in the service of public goods.
The certificate program will be of interest to graduate students in disciplines such as public policy, planning, political science, nonprofit management, social work, criminology, and other related fields. In addition, the market for potential students includes those who hold a previous graduate degree and wish to supplement or update their skills and knowledge base. Finally, this certificate will be of interest to those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are not able or willing to commit to a full graduate degree program.