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Mini-MPA™ Program


FULLY ONLINE (Canvas)April 15 - May 10, 2024$2,250Register Online

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Program Overview

The Rutgers Mini-Master of Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) is a professional development program that results in a certification for public service managers working in local government and nonprofit organizations.

Classes meet over four weeks. Online assignments and readings enable access to the course during the day or evening. Students also meet with faculty, online in Zoom on Fridays from 12 noon (EST) to 1 PM (EST). Each module of the Mini-MPA is organized around key skills for managers.

The Mini-MPA™ is accepted by Rutgers-Camden MPA program as a three credit course. The certificate is also approved for professional CEU credits for New Jersey Municipal employees.

If you are a local government or nonprofit professional ready to assume the next level of responsibility, the Mini-MPA™ certificate program provides an opportunity for your skill development. Taught by Rutgers faculty and practitioners, the content of each module includes both theory and practice. The program supports specialist seeking a broader understanding of administrative roles, finance, human resources and public policy.

A camera and microphone are required to participate.

Qualifies for veteran training.

For information related to taking our online courses, visit our Online Course Information page.

Online Course Information

Module 1: Leading Public Organizations

Leading is more than adapting your personal style to situations and the public sector poses new challenges for even experienced managers. Managers must combine personal leadership and organizational leadership to accomplish goals in the public sector.  In this module, you will be provided with both theory and practical knowledge for leading in uncertain times.

Module 2: Building Relationships Through Communications

How do you get your message across so that your constituents can be engaged? In this module, that question will be explored. As organizations become more complex and the citizenry more diverse, public managers need effective tools to keep communities informed and interested.

Module 3: Challenges and Opportunities in Public Management

This module dives into the realities of public sector management. You will have an opportunity to develop skills to optimize organizational behavior and performance. This can be a challenge when working and negotiating with collective bargaining units. Being effective in this realm requires developing a better understanding of the complex relationships between decision-making, actions, and public management ethics. In the public sphere, how we resolve conflicts and manage change matters.

Module 4: Financial and Performance Management

A common frustration for public managers is the ability to identify and secure resources necessary for operations. This difficulty directly impacts short-term and long-term planning and performance management. Money and how it is spent is a priority of any organization. Combining performance measurement with skills for management requires insights to people and how we behave.

Program Topics

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

Certification (CEU's)

Earn up to 32 CEUs for completing course modules.

Quotes from Recent Program Participants:

"The program was insightful and enjoyable."

Spring 2022 Participant

"The weekly discussions with the rest of the class were beneficial. I enjoyed everyone's perspective and different techniques."

Spring 2022 Participant

"The staff is a great asset with much knowledge to share."

Spring 2022 Participant

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Those who complete the Mini-MPA™ program are eligible to receive a digital badge credential from Rutgers University in addition to their certificate. Acceptance of the digital badge is voluntary. Those who redeem their badge will be able to share it on various social media platforms, on electronic copies of resumes, in email, or embed in a website. To learn more about micro-credentialing and digital badging at Rutgers, please visit the Micro-credentialing and Digital Badging website.




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Program Location

This program is delivered via the Canvas learning management system. Students will be provided with a tutorial before the start of the program.

Enrollment Requirements

Anyone who is interested in learning more, gaining more knowledge and managerial experience in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.