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Public Sector Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate program is interdisciplinary in nature and is focused on organizational leadership within non-profit, military, governmental, and other public sector entities. Leadership theories, best practices, and competencies are addressed for students enrolled in this program. Four key competency areas within the scope of leadership are presented to those employed or seeking employment in military and other public organizations: financial management, strategic management, contracting principles, and network security.

Public Sector Leadership (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Public Sector Leadership at ODU like?

This certificate program is interdisciplinary in nature and is focused on organizational leadership within non-profit, military, governmental, and other public sector entities. Leadership theories, best practices, and competencies are addressed for students enrolled in this program. Four key competency areas within the scope of leadership are presented to those employed or seeking employment in military and other public organizations: financial management, strategic management, contracting principles, and network security.

Program Highlights


What makes Public Sector Leadership at ODU unique?

  • Graduates will be prepared to lead teams in contract negotiations, finance, and strategic initiatives, and will have a strong understanding of cybersecurity within this arena

  • Members of the Armed Forces requested this program in order to provide officers with enhanced knowledge and understanding of leadership components pertinent to public sector work

  • Courses meet the needs of both military and other public sector organizations

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Purchasing Managers

$121,810

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Management Analysts

$93,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Public Sector Leadership at ODU?

COMM 603:
Social Change and Communication Systems


Examines the role of various communication systems in enacting social change involving commercial, governmental and not-for-profit contexts. Topics include persuasive techniques, community engagement, mobilizing large-scale social movements, and the political consequences of human and digital communication across the lifespan.

PADM 671:
Public Budgeting and Financial Management


The purpose of this course is to examine the institutions, principles, and techniques of national, state, and local budgeting processes and financial administration. The course explores the allocation as well as the re-distributive role of government and the market. While applying information technology, students will analyze the practices and fundamental concepts of government budgeting, financial management, and public finance, with an emphasis on revenue, expenditure, capital budgeting and debt structures.

PADM 726:
Introduction to Public Procurement


This course provides an overview of procurement and contract management as a core function in public sector organizations. The course introduces the student to how properly-aligned, best practice acquisitions can support public entities' strategic goals. Challenges and opportunities for all stakeholders are addressed. Special attention is given to ongoing changes in public procurement. (Cross listed with PPCM 726)

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Public Sector Leadership at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Public Sector Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

 

Next Steps


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BUSINESS PROGRAMS MGR


Name:

Deborah Avans


Location:

2110 MONARCH HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5677


For General Inquiries:

cepd@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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