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Prepare for public management.
Leadership in the non-profit, government and public sectors demands a broad understanding of a variety of disciplines, including political science, sociology, economics, business, management, law and more.
In this program, you will gain this expansive knowledge and the broad skill set required for effective public management. Courses emphasize topics such as community planning, organizational theory, public personnel, public policy and public budgeting.
Program areas of emphasis include:
- General public administration
- Community, state and regional planning
- Criminal justice administration
- Environmental and natural resources administration
- Local government administration
- Public finance, budgeting and administrative management
- Public works engineering
Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option. You may also be required to complete a public service internship if you have not previously worked in the public or nonprofit sectors.
This program could be a good fit if you:
- Enjoy working with people
- Have strong leadership and management skills
- Are interested in public service
- Want to work in public or non-profit management
With this degree, you could become a/an:
- Environmental protection specialist
- Systems analyst
- Personnel management specialist
- Account Manager
- Communications specialist
- Program Analyst
- Management systems specialist
- Court administrator
- Judicial services administrator
- City manager
- Director of public works
- Public information officer
- Policy analyst
- Security/fraud supervisor
- Employment counselor
- Campaign director
- Director of planning
- Executive director
Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A./M.S.