The certificate prepares students to take leadership roles within public service organizations. Leadership skill and knowledge are fundamental for individuals contemplating or currently pursuing career positions with public service organizations. Knowing how to frame a vision, how to think strategically, how to solve problems, how to motivate employees, and how to adapt an organization to complex environmental change is all part of being a public service leader.
The certificate is open to all NIU undergraduates. Students must maintain good academic standing in the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each certificate course, achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in all certificate courses, and complete all certificate course work within six calendar years. Some of the courses may, with the approval of the major department, be applied toward an undergraduate major.