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.
Put Your Degree to Work
With a degree in public and nonprofit administration, you will have a deep knowledge of real-world management and analysis skills applicable to any sector. You’ll be prepared for careers such as city/county manager, contract specialist, executive director of a nonprofit, planner, policy analyst, research specialist and more.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2024|
|Budget analyst||$73,849 per year||3% (1,500 new jobs)|
|Regional planner||$70,020 per year||6% (2,400 new jobs)|
|Fundraiser||$54,130 per year||9% (6,900 new jobs)|
|Social/Community Service Manager||$64,680 per year||10% (13,200 new jobs)|
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.
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Public and Nonprofit Administration Major
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
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.
Introduction to Public Administration
Provides a broad understanding of basic concepts and principles of public administration, including the role, structure, and functions of public agencies and how they operate. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format.
Public Budgeting Processes
Study of the creation and administrative management of public budgets. Emphasizes processes of budget preparation, adoption, administration and evaluation at various levels of government. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: PAD 210.
Public Sector Research Methods
Overview of common public sector research techniques and how research findings can be integrated into effective organizational decisions. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: PAD 210.
Public Sector Human Resources
Study of the policies, strategies, and legal processes that define human resources management in public and nonprofit organizations. This course may be offered in an online and hybrid format. Prerequisite: PAD 210.
Overview of the nonprofit sector emphasizing charitable organizations, the rationales for their existence, and the fundamental elements of nonprofit administration. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: PAD 210.
Internship in Government and Politics
An integrative learning experience where students apply textbook knowledge to governmental and public affairs work experience. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Select five courses from the following:
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.
Organizational Leadership and Behavior
Study of the policies and strategies used in the public sector to lead, manage, and motivate employees to solve societal problems. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: PAD 210.
Public Policy Analysis
Advanced overview of the practice of public policy analysis and program evaluation. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: PSC 280 or PAD 380.
Public Sector Information Technology Management
Study of the administrative strategies used to successfully implement information technology in public sector organizations. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing.
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Examines the formal institutions of government and how politics actually works in the United States: civil rights, civil liberties, elections, media, interest groups and more. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to theoretical tools used in the field of international relations. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
State and Local Government
Structure and functions of states, cities and counties, with emphasis on Michigan. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Michigan Politics and Elections
Analysis of Michigan's election campaigns with focus on organization, strategies and tactics. Emphasis on election consequences for state's policy leaders, opinion, interests and government. Prerequisite: PSC 105 or PSC 261.
Law and Policy in Michigan State Government
Analysis of Michigan's legislative process, policy issues, and state government politics. Emphasis on origination, shaping, negotiating, and content of state policy. Prerequisite: PSC 105 or PSC 261.
The American Chief Executive
Development of the executive office of the United States, with emphasis on the Presidency. This course has been approved for offering in a distance learning format.
Citizen Engagement in Public Life
This course examines trends in Americans' participation in public life, as well as various approaches intended to increase their civic and political engagement. Prerequisite: PSC 105 or graduate status.
American Public Policy Making
This course serves to integrate political institutions and levels of government in terms of policy development and implementation. Prerequisites: PSC 105 or graduate standing. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
Survey of the principles of administrative law and the politics of the U.S. regulatory processes. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
War and Peace Studies
This course examines the theory and literature on the causes and consequences of violent conflicts and the uses of non-violent means to conflict resolution.
Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
Examination of large and small city governments. Their political process, behavior and citizen participation. Emerging public policies and intergovernmental cooperation.
Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
An analysis of the administrative and fiscal relationships between the national, state, and local governments, with emphasis on grants-in-aid and revenue sharing.