Performance Management

This certificate is designed for those individuals who wish to develop skill sets in analyzing and changing performance in public sector and non-profit organizations. The certificate will be comprised of four courses (12 credit hours):

  • PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change
  • PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance
  • PUAD 858: Performance Audit

One course from the following electives:

  • PUAD 853: Policy Analyses and Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology

Admission

The School of Public Affairs and Administration accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply to be admitted for either the fall, summer or spring semesters.

Applicants for the certificate are required to have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if the undergraduate degree was awarded in the last three years)
  • At least three years of managerial experience or be already admitted to any graduate programs of KU or already have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution
  • All international applicants and domestic non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency

Required application materials:

For students who do not have a master’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, three letters of reference are required.


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