Program Description

You're a born leader and want to utilize those tools to help drive policy and serve the public through civic engagement. With a degree in public and nonprofit administration, you will master the public service leadership and management skills needed to succeed in a career in the public and nonprofit sectors. In this program, you will learn the necessary skills in human resources, public budgeting, leadership, public policy analysis, stakeholder engagement and employee motivation that make administrators and leaders successful in their field. Add an optional certificate in citizen engagement, international non-governmental organization administration, public policy analysis, or public and social entrepreneurship to expand your learning experience and build your skillset.

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Visit the Department of Political Science and Public Administration website​ or contact:

Emma Powell, Ph.D., C.N.P.
Anspach Hall 244
Phone: 989-774-1309

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Public and Nonprofit Administration

A Public and Nonprofit Administration major consists of 33 hours. A minimum of 15 hours of course work must be at the 300 level or above, with at least one course at the 400-500 level. PSC 405 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. No more than 15 credits may be double counted with the Political Science Minor. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward Public and Nonprofit Administration majors, with the following exceptions: internship (PSC 395), practicums (PSC 393 & 394) and lab course (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Transfer students majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration will be expected to take at least 15 hours of coursework in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours. It is recommended that all Public and Nonprofit Administration majors enroll in PAD 380 during their junior year. Any regular faculty member in the department can serve as the student's advisor on a major or minor. Internships: The department has established an internship program where students are provided relevant firsthand work experience. The duration of an internship can vary depending on the number of credit hours (1-12) taken. Students majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration, as well as the minors in public administration and public affairs, are allowed to count three internship credit hours toward their major or minor.
Total: 33 semester hours
Required Courses
(18 hours)
Note: PSC 395 is required for students without any relevant administrative experience. Student must have completed 56 hours or more. Students with previous relevant administrative experience may select an Independent Study (PSC 390) for three credits with permission of the Internship Director.
PAD 210
Introduction to Public Administration
PAD 211
Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership
PAD 313
Public Budgeting Processes
Public Sector Research Methods
PAD 411
Public Sector Human Resources
PSC 395
Internship in Government and Politics
(15 hours)
Select five PSC or PAD courses, at least two of which are PAD courses.
OR Select one of the following certificates: Undergraduate Certificate - International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Administration Undergraduate Certificate - Public Policy Analysis Undergraduate Certificate - Public and Social EntrepreneurshipNote: A student earning a certificate must choose courses different than those chosen to fulfill the major required courses. Up to 6 hours of coursework from one certificate may be used to fulfill requirements in another certificate in the department. Although the major may be combined with any of the certificates, students pursuing the major in public and nonprofit administration are advised to consider choosing one from among the list above.