Leadership for Public Administrators

Certificate #208

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Defense Systems Management

POC: Program Support

Modality: Distance Learning


The quality of leadership impacts an organization’s effectiveness, its employees’ satisfaction, and the ability of the organization to adapt to new challenges. Successful missions in the future will depend on military officers and civilian administrators who know how to lead with excellence in public organizations.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 GB4011
Quarter 2 MN3118
Quarter 3 Choose one of the following:
  • MN3015
  • GE3011
Quarter 4 Choose one of the following:
  • MN4017
  • MN4125
  • MN3111
  • Or one of these:
    • GE3010
    • MN4474
    • GB4015

Learning Outcomes

Completion of this certificate builds knowledge, skills, and ethical standards that are necessary components of great leadership within public organizations.  Students will develop advanced leadership skills, including ability to cultivate effective groups and teams, negotiate consensus among stakeholders, improve climate and productivity, and facilitate high-performance decision making processes while modeling ethical reasoning and behavior that will inspire the next generation.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at admissions@nps.edu.

Tuition & Service Obligation

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at tuition@nps.edu, or contact this offering’s POC at DDMDL@nps.edu.

For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

Other Information

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate. Students must take at least one course from the list in the table under Course 4, for a total of at least four courses.

Tuition for each certificate course is $2,600 for all students except DON active-duty officers.

DON active-duty officers are funded by the Navy and their command sponsors do not pay tuition. DON active-duty officers also incur a service obligation. All other students must be funded by their commands and organizations. Students may not fund their own tuition.

Students or commands are responsible for paying for their textbooks, course materials, and TDY expenses.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.