Performance Management

Effectiveness, efficiency, public accountability, and the better alignment of resources and managerial actions with organizational mission are key goals of public and nonprofit management. This certificate is designed for those individuals who wish to develop skill sets in managing performance and in fostering innovative changes to deliver greater value to the public. Managerial strategies, organizational change movement, governance thinking, and quantitative analysis are emphasized in the coursework. 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 839: Data Analytics (new, hybrid class starting in Spring 2019)
  • PUAD 853: Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology


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:

The admissions committee may request additional materials if needed to assess an applicant’s ability to be successful in the coursework.


Questions? Please contact

Dr. Alfred Ho, Professor | Phone 785-864-3416