Public Administration and Public Management

The concentration in public administration and public management prepares students for citizenship, leadership and careers in governmental and nonprofit agencies. Students will learn the context and principles of public administration and how to apply these in a practitioner setting; the role of the public administrator in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy; and how to lead change and address ethical issues in public service. It is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in developing leadership skills and wish to enhance their other B.I.S. concentration. The program is designed for students interested in public service who want to learn skills to:

  • Analyze critical issues
  • Build and bridge communities
  • Deliver and manage public programs
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Lead change in public policy
  • Provide public safety
  • Preserve natural resources
  • Reform welfare
  • Strengthen democratic governance


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Elective courses may be selected from the list of electives, or taken upon the recommendation of the advisor with the School of Public Affairs.

Core 12 Hours Required

PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3)

PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3) (Prerequisites: 30 hours or more)

PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)

OR PAF 311 Leadership and Change, SB (3) (Prerequisites: 30 hours or more)

OR PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills, SB (3) (Prerequisites: min 30 hours; Credit allowed for only PAF 410 or URB 410)

PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)

Electives 6 Hours Required
Selected from an approved list upon the recommendation of the School of Public Affairs.

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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