Public Sector Operations Certificate


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Better navigate the public sector

Understand the specific operational needs of the public sector with Hamline’s Public Sector Operations Certificate. Your courses will position you to lead your organization with enhanced fiscal management and policy implementation skills.

Learn how you can play a role in managing tax dollars and developing budgets with skills you can immediately use in your day-to-day work and expand your professional network to grow your career both now and in the future.

What will it take?

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August 26, 2024

Public Sector Operations Certificate program details

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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply anytime. You can start the Public Sector Operations Certificate twice yearly in the fall or spring term. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term begins to ensure your spot.

How to Apply

Fall 2024 term starts
Spring 2025 term starts

Public Sector Operations Certificate program format

Hamline's Public Sector Operations Certificate courses are offered online and in-person, giving you the flexibility of online learning with the benefit of in-person connections.

  • One course is offered synchronously online (at a scheduled time) or in person one weekday evening from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m.
  • The other course is offered asynchronously online with two sessions on campus occurring at the beginning and end of the class, on Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Time to complete your Public Sector Operations Certificate

The typical time to complete the certificate is one semester or four months, but you can also opt to take one course per term and complete the certificate in two terms or eight to nine months.

Public Sector Operations Certificate courses

You’ll finish your certificate after only two courses:

  • MPA 8030: Public Fiscal Management and Budgeting (4 credits)
  • MPA 8061: Administrative Law (4 credits)

Public sector course descriptions


Applying to the Public Sector Operations Certificate program is simple and only required if this is the first certificate you’ve applied for at Hamline or if you are not enrolled in another Hamline School of Business degree or certificate program.

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.

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Apply your certificate toward a master’s degree

Enrolling in a certificate program is a great way to experience what the master's programs at Hamline are like. With the Public Sector Operations Certificate, you’ll earn credits that you can apply toward the following Hamline master's degrees:

Master of Public Administration

Master of Business Administration

Master of Management and Leadership

MS in Business Analytics

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