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Public Management

The public management concentration provides students with a foundation in the art, science, and profession of public service.  Students gain grounding in the organizational structures, managerial practices, and institutionalized values by which officials enact the work of public organizations. 

What Can I Do in Public Management with a Master of Public Administration Degree? 

Careers in Public Management will require the knowledge, practices, and skills required to implement change in public service sectors.  Public Management utilizes a solid understanding of practices in policy and analysis to lead the strategy and plan behind the organizational change.

Students pursuing the public management concentration will find these skills helpful for careers in local, state, and federal government as well as in specific areas of health services, education, security, public health, and community planning.  Examples of public management careers include:

  • Municipal and County Managers
  • Economic Development Director
  • Financial Manager
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Community Engagement Manager
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Education Administrator
  • Health Services Manager
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Federal Program Administrator
  • Grants Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Budget Director
  • Development Officer
  • Human Resources Director
  • Benefits Analyst
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Operations Manager 


Students who want to pursue a concentration in Public Management must take at least 9 credits from the list of electives below or other elective courses as approved by your Academic Advisor.

PUBA 722 Federal Policies and Institutions - 3 credit hours (on-campus and online)

PUBA 733 Strategic Information Technology Management - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 739 Intergovernmental Relations - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 740 Decision Analysis- 3 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 741 State Government - 3 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 744 MPA Immersion - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus and open to online students)

PUBA 768 Mediation Skills - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 769 Facilitation Skills - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 772 Mediation Skills for Public Managers - 3 credit hours (online)

PUBA 778 Strategic Information Technology - 3 credit hours (online)

PUBA 780 Military Leadership - 3 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 787 Applied Environmental Finance - 3 credit hours (on-campus)


Faculty Contact for this Concentration

Willow Jacobson