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Postgraduate Certificate Collaborative Governance

In the fully-online Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance at Portland State University, students will apply collaborative governance theory and practice to real-world, community-based problems in 16 credit hours in just 5 terms.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration 2 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $698 per credit
Location: Online

This unique certificate program will culminate with a practicum experience where students are mentored by faculty experts in the field.

Students taking courses in the Graduate Certificate for Collaborative Governance at Portland State University are a mix of matriculating graduate students (government service, education, and social work) and current working professionals who are tasked with working collaboratively in their jobs. The Hatfield School of Government’s National Policy Consensus Center is the home of some of the nation’s foremost experts in this emerging field, and offers many current real-world opportunities to see collaborative governance in action.

What can you do

The Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate builds your skills, experience, and credibility in less time and at less cost than a traditional master’s degree. And, according to the Washington Post, a graduate certificate can increase earning potential by up to 25 percent. Our online format allows you to complete the certificate in just over a year, even while you work full-time. Non-certificate students may also opt to take one or more courses individually.


Courses Included

  • Foundations of Collaborative Governance
  • Collaborative Governance Process and Systems
  • Negotiation in the Public Sector
  • Psychology of Peace and Conflict