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Mini-MPA™ Certificate

Fall 2021 Schedule

Date(s) Course Title Delivery Method Fee Course Code
10/4-10/29 Mini-MPA™ Program FULLY ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS (Canvas) $2,250 CELG-6200-FA21-1

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Program Overview

The Mini-MPA™ program provides the tools to build a successful career in public and non-profit management. This program, offered in collaboration with the Rutgers Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration is a fast-paced learning environment with an exceptional roster of instructors and industry professionals.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved.   

Designed for experienced managers in the public and nonprofit sectors, the Mini-Master of Public Administration™ (Mini-MPA™) certificate program ​is an accelerated, 30-hour program led by Rutgers faculty and experienced practitioners.

The program is asynchronous, running for four weeks, and includes an examination of critically important topics for public managers. Seminars provide participants with new skills, new ideas, and new ways of thinking about how they manage their work and teams.

The online format provides an engaging environment between faculty and participants, while fostering learning from a distance. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for up to three credits toward the Rutgers-Camden Executive MPA program.

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

Participants may choose to register for the complete Mini-MPA™ program, or to register separately for the individual course modules:

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.



Quotes from Recent Program Participants: 

"The weekly zoom sessions were beneficial. We had the chance to share and relate to each other. I realize we all have similar successes and challenges."

Spring 2021 Participant

"The ability to pace oneself within the time allotted helps with those working hectic schedules and with work/life balance."

Spring 2021 Participant

"I found all aspects of this course extremely beneficial.  I believe that they all had takeaways for me."

Spring 2021 Participant

Current Curriculum

Certification (CEU's)


Cost and Discounts

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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

Participants should possess an undergraduate degree and/or have 5+ years of managerial experience in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.