Students may choose from all PAD electives, tailoring a program to meet your needs.  The program consists of five (5) courses at the 800 (elective) level, to be completed within five years with a grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better.  

To earn the CASPA you must complete five elective courses (courses with a designation of # 800 or above).  

The electives offered allow a tailored certificate program in which your can focus your study in many public service areas including (but not limited to), nonprofit management, state or local government, health policy, information resource management or public safety.  

CASPA Admission

To be considered for admission to the CASPA program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and an MPA from a school accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA) or its equivalent*
  • Complete the Graduate Admission application process  
    *Graduates with other degrees may be required to complete prerequisite courses, as non-certificate candidates.
    Students should contact The Institute for Public Service at for more information.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

View the Federally Mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Certificate in Advanced Public Administration