Government and Public Administration

Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a range of public sector roles. This program heavily emphasizes experiential learning, asking students to complete a range of individual and group projects relevant to their learning.

Students who want to effect a significant change in the world might find themselves drawn to the public sector: through non-profit work, or work in local, state, or federal government. A Bachelor’s Degree in Government & Public Administration prepares students to work in a variety of operational roles in the public and non-profit sector. Students will learn the fundamentals of federal, state and local government administration.

A Bachelor’s in Public Administration provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate work in Public Administration or Policy – a common requirement for advancement in the public sector.

Additionally, the program asks students to not only study public administration and government topics, but also explore a range of topics from public health, social science, history and other domains that will provide students with important context for their work.

Key Facts
  • BLS projects growth rates between 16% (social workers) and 18% (social and community services managers) between 2016 and 2026.
  • Median salary for administrative services managers is $94,417 per year, median salary for city manager is $89,229.
  • Over half of federal workers are nearing retirement age.
  • Nonprofit sector has grown by 20% over the last 10 years VS. for profit sector growth rate of about 2-3%.
Career Options
  • Social and Community Services Manager
  • City Planning Manager
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Human Resources Manager
Courses & Objectives

Hybrid program:

  • Developed in conjunction with the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium, a national consortium of private colleges.
  • The LCMC partnership allows students to earn PSC credit toward job-focused degree programs.
  • Courses are designed by top academics, reviewed by industry leaders, and taught by qualified faculty from other colleges within the consortium.

Program Requirements – Approx. 51 Hours

Public Administration Core – 12 Hours

PAM I – Introduction to Public Administration
PAM II – State and Local Government Administration
PAM III – Public Budgeting and Finance
PAM IV – Public Administration Capstone

Home Institution Requirements – 33 Hours

Introduction to Economics or Microeconomics + Macroeconomics
Introduction to Sociology
Accounting I
Introduction to Government or Comparative Government
Introduction to Public Policy
Analytics or Statistics for Economists or Applied Statistics
Social Research Methods
Human Resources Management
Organizational Behavior

Electives – 6 Hours
Students should select two additional courses in fields such as criminal justice, sociology, economics, public health, or anthropology. Some suggested courses are listed below:

Introduction to Public Health
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Race and Ethnic Relations
Criminology and Prevention
Drugs and American Society
Health Care in the US
Environmental Policy
National Resource Management
Non-profit Management
City Planning
Comparative Government
International Relations