Mini-MPA™ Offered with the Rutgers-Camden Department of Public Policy & Administration

Spring 2015 Rutgers Mini-MPA gives you the tools to build your successful career in management.

Conveniently offered on five Fridays - on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus.

Spring 2015 program dates:  April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 8   CLICK HERE for flier.

Designed for experienced managers from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, the Mini-Master of Public Administration™ (Mini-MPA™) certificate program ​is an accelerated, 30-hour program led by Rutgers faculty and practitioners. Successful course completion is accepted by the Department of Public Policy and Administration for the Executive Master in Public Administration program.

Courses take place on five Fridays, and include an examination of critically important topics for public managers provides participants with new skills, new ideas, and new ways of thinking about how they manage their office. Students engage in a program of immersion in issues that are critical to public administrators during these particularly hard economic times.

The format is designed to allow for maximum interaction between faculty and participants, with limited class sizes and weekly luncheon discussions.  Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for up to three credits toward the Rutgers-Camden EMPA program.  

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Program Details

Spring 2015 Curriculum

Please note that the order of topics and instructors is subject to change

April 10, Friday

Leadership and Management.  Leading is more than adapting your personal style. Managers must combine personal leadership and organizational leadership to accomplish goals in the public sector.  A leadership expert provides both theory and practical knowledge for managers who must lead in uncertain times, and pairs up with a very experienced public sector manager to help you develop skills for managing within and across organization.

April 17, Friday

Managing Change and People in Public Organizations. The organization and the people in them will be examined, using case studies and simulations to explore how the design of public sector organizations and the actions of people within them determine how efficiently and effectively things get done. Two experienced and successful managers will host these sessions.

April 24, Friday

Financial Management and CommunicationMoney and how it is spent – this is where you see the priorities of any group. A university professor who happens to be a financial wizard teams up with a Communications expert to help ratchet up your skills to sell yourself and promote your programs.  If your program is fantastic and no one knows it exists, will it be effective?

 May 1, Friday

Performance Management and Constituent Communications.  One of the key skills for the executive is to be able to determine how the organization's goals will be conceptualized and what measurement systems will be used. Combining performance measurement with skills for communicating to constituents ensures the public is kept informed of the organizations' progress.  This session is conducted by an academic who is recognized  for her research and experience in Performance Management and a seasoned political strategist.  

May 8, Friday

Negotiating Conflicts and Ethical Dilemmas.  Management requires insights to people and who we behave.   In the public sphere, it matters how we resolve conflicts.   A practicing attorney with a background in negotiations teams up with a very successful public sector manager to help you develop a better understanding of the complex relationships between finance and public management ethics


Learn more about the core modules and the faculty.

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Fees and Registration

The fee for this program, including all materials, breakfast and lunch, is $2,500.  Discounts are available for two or more registrations from the same organization. Rutgers employee discounts available.  Please email or fax the Registration form to ensure a seat in the program.  

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Class Cancelation Policy

The Center reserves the right to cancel any course or seminar.  CELG will notify all students enrolled in a course that has been canceled and the information will be posted on the CELG website.  Student will be given a choice of receiving a full refund for courses canceled by CELG or exercising the option to enroll in the same course on a different date (if one is available).

Withdrawal Policy
CELG will refund the full course fees minus a $25 charge for processing to students who notify CELG of their intent to withdraw from a class in writing at least five business days before the class is scheduled to start.  Failure to notify CELG within that time period will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Recently dislocated workers may be eligible to receive Individual Training Account (ITA) grants. To determine eligibility, contact your local Workforce Investment Board or County One-Stop Center, and ask for the Mini-MPA™.

To register with a Purchase Order  please use the registration form or for questions contact our registration team by phone:
Cathy Marshall 732-932-3640 x641  or email

Group discounts are available. Email or call 732-932-6998, ext. 603, for more information.  

Enrollment Requirements and Credits

Participants should possess an undergraduate degree and/or have significant managerial experience in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. 

Participants must complete all seminars to earn the Mini-MPA™ Certificate from Rutgers University. This Professional Certificate qualifies for 3.0 CEUs. Email or call 732-932-6998, ext. 603, for more information.

ATTENTION MUNICIPAL CLERKS:  The IIMC Education Department has approved the Rutgers University Mini-MPA™ Program for 5 CMC Experience points or 5 MMC Advanced Education points.

Program Location

Classes will be held at 303 George St., 6th Floor, in New Brunswick. The state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with smart technology. View directions and maps.