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Leadership in Public Service (Graduate Certificate)

Be a Leader for Good with a Graduate Certificate in Public Service Leadership

The Leadership in Public Service Graduate Certificate will help you fine tune critical leadership skills and apply them to community organizations. You’ll gain the foundation you need to successfully lead, collaborate and solve administrative challenges in public and nonprofit sectors.

This graduate certificate is ideal for students who are looking for a specialized, affordable fast track to supplement their bachelor’s or master’s degree and advance their public service career.

See Yourself Succeed in Public Service Leadership

Learn about public service leadership from expert faculty who bring real-world experiences into the classroom. Develop understanding of business practices in the context of community-building. Use cutting-edge technology and hone your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while learning to be an effective leader.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning a graduate certificate in public service leadership are:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty members who are experts in their fields and bring their professional experience directly to you in the classroom.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, Division II athletics, and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

Upon completing this certificate program, you’ll be better prepared for various leadership roles in public and nonprofit sectors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for social and community service managers are set to soar 18% through 2026 – much faster than the national average.* These projections are based on a growing need for elderly care, substance abuse treatment and mental health-related services.


This certificate program will help students evaluate business and societal trends in public sector organizations, as well as integrate shared leadership, group processes and organizational learning theories into strategic leadership.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online July 12, 2018). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.