Leadership for Public Administrators - Curriculum 208 (DL)

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A
(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953

Academic Associate

Nicholas Dew
Ingersoll Hall, Room 315
(831) 656-3622

Program Manager

Christina Hart
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 334
(831) 656-6269, DSN 756-6269

Brief Overview

The quality of leadership impacts an organization’s effectiveness, its employees’ satisfaction, and the ability of the organization to adapt to new challenges.  Successful missions in the future will depend on military officers and civilian administrators who know how to lead with excellence in public organizations.  Completion of this certificate builds knowledge, skills, and ethical standards that are necessary components of great leadership within public organizations.  Students will develop advanced leadership skills, including ability to cultivate effective groups and teams, negotiate consensus among stakeholders, improve climate and productivity, and facilitate high-performance decision making processes while modeling ethical reasoning and behavior that will inspire the next generation.

Four-Quarter Certificate

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate.


The following courses are required:

  • GB4011 Ethical Leadership in Public Organizations

  • MN3118 Negotiation and Consensus Building

  • MN3015 Leading Teams


The following courses are elective. Students should take at least one of them:

  • MN4017 High-performance Decision Practices

  • MN4125 Managing Planned Change in Complex Organizations

  • MN3111 Analysis of Human Resource Management

  • GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures

  • MN4474 Organizational Analysis