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Government Agency Administration

Undergraduate Certificate

The 18-credit online undergraduate certificate in Government Agency Administration by American Public University is designed to meet the needs of government agency heads, such as those heading police, fire, or public works departments.  

Industry experts helped identify the content areas covered in this program, including:

  • Budgeting
  • Communication
  • Human resources
  • Strategic management
  • Public policy formulation

Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be better equipped to deal with the duties and responsibilities of government agency administration. 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace.View all Courses

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the types of budgets, including line-item budgeting, performance budgeting, zero-based budgeting and capital budgeting.
  • Prepare professional communications and documents for the government/business environment.
  • Manage the concepts, skills, theories and techniques involving human resource management.
  • Analyze the concepts and approaches that shape organizational strategic decision making by examining internal and external factors and influences.
  • Formulate the execution of public policy in America.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.