Public Administration (BS)


The major in Public Administration examines decision making, leadership, and management in public agencies and non-profit organizations. It introduces students to the field of public administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. This is accomplished through a curriculum that focuses on developming core competencies for new and mid-career public administration students.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

• Identifying the core mechanisms of public administration, including the organization and management of human and financial resources.
• Discuss the political, economic, legal, and social environments of public policy and administration.
• Explain the unique challenges and opportunities of providing public goods and services in a diverse society. This includes the understanding of public administration and policy in an international and comparative context.
• Define and diagnose decision situations, collect and analyze data, develop and implement effective courses of action, and evaluate results.
• Organize and communicate information clearly to a variety of audiences by means of oral presentation, written documents and reports, and quantitative graphs, charts, and tables.
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Credits required: 39-42                            Four Year Academic Plan

Coordinator: Professor Peter Mameli, Department of Public Management (212.237.8027,

Prerequisites: In Part One, MAT 108 or 141 is a prerequisite to STA 250; in Part Two, PSY 221 is a prerequisite for PSY 336.

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Public Administration: Qualified undergraduate students may enter the Baccalaureate/Master’s Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in public administration. For additional information, please contact Professor Chitra Raghavan, Department of Psychology (212.237.8417,

Additional information: Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2011 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2010-11 Undergraduate Bulletin on the College's website at


Subtotal: 30-33 credits

PAD 140 Introduction to Public Administration
PAD 260 International Public Administration
PAD 314 Leadership, Supervision and Performance
PAD 318 Decisions in Crises
PAD 340 Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 343 Administration of Financial Resources
PAD 346 Human Resource Administration

Methods and Skills

PAD 241 Information in Public Management

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STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics
ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business, and Public Administration

Capstone Course

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PAD 402 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration
PAD 404 Practicum in Public Administration
PAD 440 Problems in Public Administration
Note: a course can only be used ONCE to satisfy a part of the major, i.e. PAD 402 or PAD 404 may satisfy either the concentration OR capsone requirements but not both.

PART TWO. CONCENTRATIONS. Subtotal: 9-12 credits

Students are required to complete 9 credits for a concentration. If offered, students MUST complete one course with the PAD prefix within their chosen concentration plus two related courses or a single, 6-credit internship course. 

PAD 380 Selected Topics in Public Administration can be used in a concentration if the topic is appropriate.

Students may complete one of these courses as part of any category. 
PAD 402 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration 
PAD 404 Practicum in Public Administration

If students complete PAD 402 as part of the concentration, they only need to complete one additional concentration course.

Category A. Human Resources Administration
This concentration prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative responsibilites involving personnel management.

ECO 280 Economics of Labor
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PSY 336 Group Dynamics

Category B. Managerial Investigation and Oversight
This concentration prepares students for professional careers associated with oversight of and by regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations, oversight boards, municipal councils and state legislatures.

PAD 331 Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Public Organziations
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PSC 207 The Investigative Function

Category C. International Public Administration
This concentration prepares students for managerial and supervisory roles in an international environment.

ECO 245 International Economics
PAD 358 Comparative Public Administration
PAD 362 Administration of International Intergovernmental Organizations 

Catergory D. Public Policy and Planning
This concentration prepares students for responsibilties involving policy analysis and planning in governmental and non-profit organizations.

ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat
PAD 355 Public Policy Analysis
PAD 348 Justice Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 400 Quantitative Problems in Public Administration
POL 278/SOC 278 Political Sociology

Category E. Financial Management
This concentration prepares students for professional careers as budget analysts and auditors in governmental and non-profit organizations.

ACC 250 Introduction to Accounting
ACC 251 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ECO 265 Introduction to Public Sector Economics

Category F. Information Management and Communication
This concentration prepares students for roles specializaed in the development, management and communication of information in the public and nonprofit sector.

CSCI 277 Computers for Administrative Decision Making
CSCI 279 Communications and the Internet
PAD 400 Quantitative Problems in Public Administation

G. Special Concentration
In consultation with a faculty member of the Department of Public Management, the student may fromular a concentration tailored to a discipline or field related to public administratin. The concentration must include three courses, two of which must be in a single discipline.

Total: 39-42 credits