Why ODU for Public Administration and Policy?

Upgrade your skills in policy analysis and public management. With ODU's graduate certificate in public administration and policy, you'll develop analytical and management expertise. 

The core three courses in this certificate cover administrative theory, ethics, public policy and evaluation.

You'll choose an elective for the fourth course. Choose from topics such as:

  • leadership,
  • collaboration,
  • public-private partnerships,
  • human services administration,
  • negotiation and dispute resolution,
  • and financial management.

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Required Courses

  • 12 credits (four courses)
  • Three courses are required; one is an elective

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.


Many of our students come from or find new positions in:

  • Local government
  • Federal civilian employment
  • State government
  • Non-profits
  • Private sector consulting or research

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

You must be accepted into ODU as a non-degree or degree-seeking graduate student. This certificate program is not available to degree-seeking MPA students.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.