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.

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.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2024
Budget analyst$73,849 per year3% (1,500 new jobs)
Regional planner$70,020 per year6% (2,400 new jobs)
Fundraiser$54,130 per year9% (6,900 new jobs)
Social/Community Service Manager$64,680 per year10% (13,200 new jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Humanities & Social & Behavioral Sciences​ or contact:

Office of the Dean
Anspach Hall 106
Email: chsbs@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3341

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 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
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
3
PAD 313
Public Budgeting Processes
3
PAD 380QR
Public Sector Research Methods
3
PAD 411
Public Sector Human Resources
3
PAD 412
Nonprofit Administration
3
PSC 395
Internship in Government and Politics
1-12
Electives
(15 hours)
Select five courses from the following:
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.
PAD 413
Organizational Leadership and Behavior
3
PAD 414
Public Policy Analysis
3
PAD 585
Public Sector Information Technology Management
3
PSC 105
Introduction to American Government and Politics
3
PSC 150
Introduction to International Relations
3
PSC 261
State and Local Government
3
PSC 300
Michigan Politics and Elections
3
PSC 301
Law and Policy in Michigan State Government
3
PSC 321
The American Chief Executive
3
PSC 513
Citizen Engagement in Public Life
3
PSC 514
American Public Policy Making
3
PSC 522
Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
3
PSC 557
War and Peace Studies
3
PSC 563
Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
3
PSC 566
Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
3