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    May 25, 2024  
Draft 2024-2025 Catalog 
Draft 2024-2025 Catalog

Public Administration Leadership Graduate Certificate

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Program Information

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Leadership (GCPAL) requires the completion of four courses (16 semester units), plus any necessary prerequisite courses. With a graduate leadership certificate in public administration, students learn to do the right things. They gain real-world skills that allow them to identify, analyze, and evaluate political, managerial, and policy concerns faced by communities, governments, and citizens especially the poor, at-risk, minorities, and marginalized. Students also develop the necessary confidence and competencies needed to implement innovative best practices grounded on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility as well as social justice and environmental responsibility. 

See Admission to Certificate Programs  for more information.

All courses must be completed at Golden Gate University with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (“B” average) or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. See Graduate Student Academic Standing Standards  for more information.

Course prerequisites are indicated in the course description for each course and must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a given course. Prerequisites may be satisfied through transfer of equivalent coursework from external institutions or by taking the courses at GGU.

Graduate Certificate/Credential Proficiencies

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Students meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement .

Required Courses - 16 units

Required Course - 4 units

Elective Courses - 12 units

Complete any three 4-unit 300-level courses with the subject of PAD .

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