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Certificate of Graduate Study

Public Sector Management

Program of Study per Specialization

The certificate in public sector management is designed for professionals in or aiming to obtain management positions who wish to enhance their formal training. The graduate certificate's five-course program of study offers five areas of specialization.

Coursework in each specialization includes topics related to general management principles, as well as the special concerns of the particular field. Each track includes both required courses and elective options. You may also substitute other appropriate courses with approval, based on your background and experience. 

Applications are accepted for fall, spring, or summer admission. The certificate does not require previous graduate study.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Jaclyn Napoleon at [email protected] or 518-442-5247, or [email protected].

Public Management

Prepare for managerial and supervisory careers by learning about organizational behavior, budgeting, planning, and decision-making within the sphere of public service.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Foundations of Public Administration
  • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Foundations of Public Management

Electives (choose two)

  • Data Models, and Decisions
  • Managing Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Decision Making in Government and Administration
  • Managerial Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Evaluation of Public Sector Programs
  • Social and Organizational Networks in Public Policy, Management, and Service Delivery: Theory, Methods, and Analysis
  • International and Comparative Public Management
Public Economics and Finance

If you work in both the public and private sectors, you can strengthen your skills in budgeting and financial analysis by improving your understanding of public economics and finance.

Required Courses

  • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Principles of Public Economics

Electives (choose three)

  • Data Models, and Decisions
  • Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Performance Measurement and Contracting in Government
  • U.S. Health Reform at the Crossroads
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Cost Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Financial Management for Nonprofits
  • Basic Governmental Accounting
  • Public Budgeting
  • Economics of Government Programs
  • Psychological Economics and Policy
  • Your Money or Your Life: Economics of Health Policy
  • Managing Public Service Organization Finances
Local Government Management

Move into executive and senior administrative positions in local government with this specialization.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Foundations of Public Administration
  • Program Seminar in Managing Local Government
  • Seminar in Urban Policy Analysis

Electives (choose two)

  • Data Models, and Decisions
  • Urban Community Development
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Cost Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Basic Government Accounting
  • Labor Relations in the Public Sector
Public Policy

Intensify your economic and analytic skills and learn how to be a more effective policy administrator or advocate.

Required Courses

  • Principles of Public Economics
  • Data Models and Decisions
  • Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts
  • Policy Analysis

Electives (choose one)

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Politics and Policy
  • Law and Policy
  • Understanding Energy Policy and Climate Change: A Federal, State and Local Government Perspective
  • Inequality and Public Policy
  • Evaluation of Public Sector Programs
  • Public Health Politics and Policy: Domestic and Global Perspectives
Information Strategy and Management

Deepen your understanding of information technologies and learn how to develop policy, management, and technology solutions that support public services.

Required Courses

  • Data Models, and Decisions
  • Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management
  • Introduction to Foundations of Public Administration OR Foundations of Public Management

Electives (choose two)

  • Principles and Practices of Cyber Security
  • Cyber Threats and Intelligence
  • Government Information Strategy and Management (GISM): Comparative and International Perspectives
  • Seminar on Information Strategy & Management
  • Information and Public Policy
  • Information Technology and Change Management in the Public Sector
  • Building a Case for Government IT Investments in the Public Sector
  • Information Technology, Globalization and Global Governance
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • Information and Public Policy
  • Systems Analysis in the Information Environment
  • Managing Information Technology
  • Management of IT Projects
  • Topics in Organizational Communication
  • Geographic Information Systems


Great for Working Professionals

"As a professional, I chose Rockefeller because of the strength of its certificate program in public sector management. The program was highly pertinent to my career goals in public administration. Part-time study gave me the flexibility to keep my job and take advantage of great classroom learning opportunities after work."

- Sean Maguire, Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education, Schenectady County Community College

Ramon Gil Garcia
Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: May 1

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume
  • Statement of goals
    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals.

*One or two letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required for admission.