Public Management

The public management concentration will prepare you to enact change in public organizations. The curriculum explores the organizational structures, managerial practices, and institutionalized values of effective public service.

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

Professionals in public management shape the systems that structure their organizations and ensure that they function as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The skills you will gain from the public management concentration can be applied to managerial and administrative positions in a variety of industries, including government, health services, education, security, public health, and community planning. Examples of public management careers include:

  • Budget director
  • Community engagement manager
  • Economic development manager
  • Government relations manager
  • Higher education administrator
  • Municipal and county managers
  • Public affairs director
  • Public policy analyst


In this concentration of the online MPA graduate program, you will learn strategies to effectively lead a public service organization and drive policy change. You will develop managerial and organizational skills and a fundamental understanding of the relevant issues facing public service leaders today.

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

  • Federal Policies and Institutions
  • Productivity Improvement in Local Government
  • Managing Economic Development
  • Strategic Information Technology Management