Public Administration and Public Management




Do you have a passion for exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? In only five courses, you'll gain a foundation in public policy management to build expertise in careers across the public sector.

The concentration in public administration and public management is designed for students interested in public service, for undergraduate students who are interested in developing leadership skills or who wish to enhance their corresponding Interdisciplinary Studies concentration.

Students learn skills that enable them to analyze critical issues, build and bridge communities, deliver and manage public programs, improve the quality of life, lead change in public policy, preserve natural resources, provide public safety, reform welfare and strengthen democratic governance.

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 15 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 credit hours 

PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only FIS 351 or PAF 300)

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

PAF 420 Public Leadership (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)

Electives - 3 credit hours 

PAF Upper Division Elective (3)

Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.




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