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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Employer‑Employee Relations and Personnel Management (code PPA_CT03)

This program is designed for public sector managers and those aspiring to enter public service who need the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to deal effectively with the critical area of public sector employee relations and personnel management. The primary goal is to provide the necessary training for public managers to effectively utilize human resources to their greatest potential in conjunction with the needs of the public organization.


  • 1. A minimum of 18 course units in graduate course work, including 3 required and 3 elective courses.
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of the following:
    • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    • PPA 575 Public Sector Employer-Employee Relations (3)
    • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
  • 3. Satisfactory completion of 3 elective courses from:
    • PPA 533, 570, 571 and 581