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.

Some details:

Credits required: 39-42                            Four Year Academic Plan

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

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

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 can be obtained at the Office of Undergraduate Studies or at the Lloyd George Sealy Library.


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

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

Capstone Course
Select one
PAD 402 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration
PAD 404 Practicum in Public Administration
PAD 440 Problems in Public Administration
Public Administration 4XX Seminar in Critical Incident Analysis

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.


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 chose concentration plus two related courses or a single, 6-credit internship course.

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 student completes 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
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues

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.

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

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 3XX Public Administration and Globalization

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

PAD 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
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.

MAT 277 Computers for Administrative Decision Making
MAT 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