Public Administration (BS)

Public Administration (BS)


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Public Administration Major

The major in Public Administration examines decision making, leadership and management in public agencies and nonprofit 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 developing core competencies for new and mid–career public administration students.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Identify 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. The 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.
  • Pre-service and in-service students synthesize and apply decision-making, leadership and management skills in public agencies or non-profit organizations. 


Credits Required.


Public Administration Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.S. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Yi Lu, Department of Public Management (646.557.4437,

Advisor. Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554,

Advising resources. Sample Four-year Plan of Study

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 (BS) and a master’s degree (MPA) in public administration. For information, please contact Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Advisor, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554,

Additional information. Students who enroll for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2017 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 2016-17 Undergraduate Bulletin.

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES                                                                         Subtotal: 0-3 credits

 May be required depending on math placement
MAT 108 Social Science Math
MAT 141 Pre-Calculus

Advisors recommendation: MAT 108 or MAT 141 may satisfy the Gen Ed Required Core in the Math and Quantitative Reasoning area.

Students who have placed into or taken higher level math should see the Major Coordinator.

PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                                                          Subtotal: 24 credits

PAD 101 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
PAD 440 Capstone Seminar in Public Administration

PART TWO. METHODS AND SKILLS                                                        Subtotal: 9 credits

PAD 121 Information in Public Administration
ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business, and Public Administration
PAD 2XX Measuring Public Policy and Administration
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

PART THREE. INTERNSHIP OR PRACTICUM                                     Subtotal: 3-6 credits

Select one
PAD 402 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration
PAD 404 Practicum in Public Administration

PART FOUR. ELECTIVE CATEGORIES                                                    Subtotal: 3-6 credits

Students are required to complete 3-6 credits in a category depending on their choice of internship (PAD 402) or practicum (PAD 404) in Part Three.

PAD 380 Selected Topics in Public Administration and/or PAD 385 Faculty-Mentored Research in Public Administration can be used in a concentration if the topic is appropriate.

Category A. Human Resources Administration
This concentration prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative responsibilities involving personnel management.
ECO 280 Economics of Labor
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, nonprofit organizations, oversight boards, municipal councils and state legislatures.
ACC 250 Introduction to Accounting
PAD 331 Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Public Organizations
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PSC 107 Introduction to Criminal Investigations

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 
POL 250 International Law and Justice

Catergory D. Public Policy and Planning
This concentration prepares students for responsibilities involving policy analysis and planning in governmental and nonprofit organizations.
ECO 265 Introduction to Public Sector Economics
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat
PAD 348 Justice Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 355 Public Policy Analysis
PAD 400 Quantitative Problems in Public Administration
POL 278/SOC 278 Political Sociology

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


                                                                                                                          Total Credit Hours: 39-45

                                                                                                                                    Last Updated: 2/20/18