Public Administration is the organization and management
of people and materials to achieve public purposes.
Today’s professional public service offers many opportunities. In addition to positions in government at all levels, public administrators lead nonprofit organizations and NGOs, work in higher education, and manage private sector companies that partner with government.
The Department of Public Administration is committed to helping you understand and navigate this evolving landscape through an emphasis on the roles, skills, and practices needed to pursue the common good.
At a time when resources are limited and community needs are ever-present, visionary leaders with a strong ethical compass stand out. We foster creative leadership through an emphasis on value-based decision-making in the public service in all of our academic programs.
Public servants need to be financially literate, possess strong writing and public speaking skills, and understand the complexities of research and decision-making. We focus on helping students develop a wide array of professional skills that are in high demand within government, nonprofits, and the private sector.
Theoretical Knowledge and Practical Application:
Courses emphasize a balance between theory and practice. Students are introduced to essential philosophies about management and leadership, and then are challenged to apply this knowledge to real-life situations.