Public Management Certificate


The Public Management Certificate Program provides key training to government employees. It is designed for individuals with diverse professional experience, from technical and field-specific backgrounds to managers in administration and policymaking.

Please note: Students who have started the Public Management Program under the old requirements of 10 courses will be grandfathered in under the new requirements. Please contact Shera Alberti-Annunzio, (775) 784-1676 or (800) 233-8928,or email Shera at, to learn about your current status in the program.

Students who intend to complete the Public Management Certificate may earn an undergraduate or graduate credit through the Department of Political Science by registering for PSC 480 or PSC 680A Independent Study. Call Eric Herzik, Ph.D., (775) 682-7764,for credit requirements.

To earn a certificate, a student must successfully complete a total of eight courses, consisting of four Public Management core and any four Professional Development individual courses taken as electives. Upon completion of the eight courses, a Certificate in Public Management will be awarded.

Electives can be taken from any combination of our elective courses and any core courses from other certificate programs that may apply. Core courses may be applied to one certificate program only.

Required Core Courses:

  • Administrative Law: Understanding Policy, Rules and Decisions*
  • Public Finance: How the Dollars Are Distributed
  • Public Management: Goals and Practices
  • Public Sector Human Resources*

*Courses marked with an asterisk have been approved or submitted for HR or business recertification credit hours toward PHR or SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and PDCs through SHRM. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HRCI homepage at or the SHRM site at

Click the links below for course descriptions and online registration.

View the Extended Studies Professional Development calendar for more courses and certificate programs scheduled throughout the year.

Certificate Completion Criteria: (8 Courses Required)
Required Courses
Administrative Law: Understanding Policy, Rules and Decisions
Public Finance: How the Dollars Are Distributed
Public Management: Goals and Practices
Public Sector Human Resources
Cores as Electives
Compensation & Benefits
Effective Communications Skills in the Workplace
Employee Relations
Employment, Placement & Practices
Human Resources Training and Development
Legal Aspects & Liability Issues for Employers
Managing & Supervising People
Performance Management
Strategies for Understanding Financial Statements
Current Elective Pool
Advanced Grantwriting
Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation
Conducting an Internal HR Audit
Conducting Successful Interviews
Critical Skills For Supervisors: Managing Today’s Workforce
Delegating Efficiently and Effectively
Developing Your Employees – Increasing Your Team’s Performance
Different Cultures, Same Needs
Effective Discipline & Documentation
Elements of Accident Investigation
Employee Orientations: From Design to Implementation
Employee Retention Tactics That Work
Grassroots Lobbying: How to Make a Difference at the NV Legislature
Human Resources Leadership: Becoming a Business Partner
Improve Your Workplace Teamwork Through Emergenetics®
Improving Your Workplace Cultural IQ
Job Analysis and Proper Classification Under FLSA
Last One Standing: How to Stay Engaged and Motivated After Layoffs
Listening Skills in the Workplace
Local Government Finance - the Basics
Media Relations for Government Professionals
Payroll Fundamentals
Persuading People
Planning and Implementing Employee Events and Recognition Programs
Power Writing For Business - (Formerly Business Writing for Results)
Problem Solving: Creating Solutions
Project Management Essentials
Protecting Your Company’s Future through Succession Planning
Public Speaking: Tips and Techniques
Safety Issues for HR: Recording and Reporting
Social Media and HR: Developing an Action Plan to Minimize Risk
Talking Till You're Blue? How to Handle Difficult Conversations
The A-Zs of Workers' Compensation for Nevada Employers
The Art and Power of Coaching: How Leaders Engage and Inspire Others
The Human Factor of Project Management
The Rules Have Changed: Is your HR Department in Compliance?
Understanding the Collective Bargaining Process
Unions 101
Working with the Problem Employee
Workplace Violence: Don't Be Blindsided
Writing Grants: An Overview