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College of Public Affairs

Certificate in Strategic Management and Public Accountability

As a public-sector manager or contractor, you need the skills and knowledge to develop, administer and utilize information from public accountability systems.

Get more out of this certificate.

If you are accepted to UB’s Master of Public Administration program, you can transfer all 12 certificate credits as long as you earn a grade of B or better in each of the four courses.

As government continues to push for accountability for all agencies through the development of strategic plans and performance measures, these skills become even more important.


This 12-credit graduate certificate provides you with important continuing education, especially if you are involved in management, administration or analysis related to the region’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative. It is also ideal for people who already have master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology and engineering.


The certificate emphasizes the PART and other rating systems, government performance measurement tools that assign ratings to public agencies based on the effectiveness of their performance. Particularly within the Department of Defense, a key management initiative is the implementation of a new defense acquisition process that incorporates accountability requirements for everyone involved in the process, from program managers to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


This program helps you develop critical skills, including:

  • a strong foundation in strategic management
  • measurement of agency performance
  • understanding of key policy processes, such as budgeting and personnel management
  • analytic techniques for gathering data to inform these processes.

Classes are offered evenings and online.

Gainful employment information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.