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Public Administration

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Public Administration program is designed to meet the needs of employees of government or non-profit agencies and those desiring employment or advancement. The program covers the history, present, and future of public administration. Courses include topics on public policy, finance, human resources, organizational behavior, and government. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Public Administration is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Public Administration (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5691
Total Credits Required
18
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply current technology to specific business tasks.
  2. Explain how public policy is developed and implemented.
  3. Compare and contrast careers in public service.
  4. Explain the policies, rules, regulations, and ethics of public finance.
  5. Explain the laws, procedures, and practices of human resources in the public sector.
  6. Explain organizational behavior in the public sector.
  7. Apply knowledge of the United States political history, process, and practices to inform professional decision-making in the public sector.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

$52,480

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
PAD100 21st Century Public Policy and Service Gateway course 3
PAD170 Public Sector Organizational Behavior 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD122 Public Sector Human Resources Management 3
PAD107 Public Finance Administration 3
POS110 American National Government SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
PAD100 21st Century Public Policy and Service Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD122 Public Sector Human Resources Management 3
PAD170 Public Sector Organizational Behavior 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD107 Public Finance Administration 3
POS110 American National Government SB 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Public Administration (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=147286).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.