Leadership in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration Online Certificate Overview
The University of West Florida’s online certificate in public service and nonprofit administration provides a focused knowledge base and skill set useful in the effective administration of public and private not-for-profit organizations.
In your coursework, you will study the principles of performance measurements for organizational processes and decision making. Using those principles, you will then analyze current organizational forms of public and nonprofit organizations and the institutional framework within which these structures function in American democracy. These tenets apply to leadership positions in virtually any industry.
Expert faculty will assist you as you learn to differentiate and compare public and private sector organizational management practices. Whether you go into management, nonprofit administration or further your education, this certificate will also expose you to many different budgeting processes so that you can make informed, effective recommendations for both the organization and its employees.
This certificate is only available to graduate non-degree-seeking students or those pursuing UWF’s MSA in Public Administration. Undergraduates cannot pursue this certificate.
Candidates for This Program Include:
- Graduate non-degree-seeking students
- Students pursuing a degree in MSA/Public Administration
- Working professionals seeking leadership positions in their current career path
- Those who wish to manage a nonprofit
You Will Be Able To:
- Critique and develop public policy
- Articulate the evolution and history of leading theories of leadership
- Suggest valid and useful improvements to budgeting processes
- Incorporate appropriate performance measures and identify links between performance measures and budget decisions
- Differentiate between bureaucracy, as the term is utilized in the social sciences, and bureaucracy as a function of the American government
Courses and Requirements
- PAD 5146 - The Nonprofit Profession
3.0 Credit Hours
The Nonprofit Profession
Overview of the field of nonprofit organizations from a management perspective. Human resource management (including working with volunteers and professionals), public relations, board relations, daily operations, financial matters, and ethics.
- PAD 5434 - Leadership
3.0 Credit Hours
Leadership styles and techniques of people in all levels of government - executive, legislative and administrative and in the community in general. Will attempt to help students assess their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders and determine a strategy for that development.
- PAD 6335 - Strategic Management for Public Service
3 Credit Hours
Strategic Management for Public Service
An examination of the rationale and methods of strategic management applied to the planning processes of public and nonprofit organizations.
- PAD 5146 - The Nonprofit Profession
To be considered for admission into the University of West Florida’s online Leadership in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration Certificate program, you must be admitted into the University as a degree or non-degree-seeking graduate student.
How to Apply
To begin a certificate program, interested students need to fill out a graduate application. Once accepted as a graduate student, students should contact the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center and speak to an advisor about course availability and scheduling. Then, complete the online Graduate Certificate Declaration Form on MyUWF.
Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Contact our graduate admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a current UWF student, please reach out to the department academic advisor.
Costs & Financial Aid
|In-State Tuition||$384.60 per credit hour||$3,461.40|
|Full Out-of-State Tuition||$1,044.24 per credit hour||$9,398.16|
|90% Out-of-State Tuition Waiver||$478.83 per credit hour||$4,309.47|
Tuition waivers cover up to 90% of the non-resident portion of your tuition and are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and course availability. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to 3 semesters to complete.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition
Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Current enrolled students should contact the Office of the Registrar.
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With a Leadership in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration Certificate, you can work in an entry-level acquisition position or pursue career advancement.
Administrative Services Managers
Administrative services managers plan, direct and coordinate supportive services of an organization, including maintaining facilities and supervising activities such as recordkeeping, mail distribution and office upkeep. In 2018, these employees made a median annual salary of $96,180, and jobs are expected to grow 7 percent through 2028.
Financial managers address the financial health of an organization with financial reports, direct investment activities and long-term financial goals. They may also supervise employees, look for cost-saving measures, analyze data and report to other managers. Through 2028, employment for this career is projected to increase 16 percent, with a median annual wage of $127,990 in 2018. The highest 10 percent earned a median annual wage of more than $208,000.
Social and Community Service Managers
Social and Community Service Managers run social service programs and organizations in various community positions, including nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies and government agencies. Employment of these professionals is expected to grow 13 percent through 2028, and they made a median annual wage of $65,320 in May 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.¹