​B.A. degree or B.S. degree  

Major Map        

This program is also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online.

A Public and Nonprofit Administration major consists of 33 hours. A minimum of 15 hours of course work must be at the 300 level or above, with at least one course at the 400-500 level. PSC 405 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. No more than 15 credits may be double counted with the Political Science Minor.

Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward Public and Nonprofit Administration majors, with the following exceptions: internship (PSC 395), practicums (PSC 393 & PSC 394) and lab course (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Transfer students majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration will be expected to take at least 15 hours of coursework in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours.

It is recommended that all Public and Nonprofit Administration majors enroll in PAD 380QR during their junior year.

Any regular faculty member in the department can serve as the student’s advisor on a major or minor.

Internships: The department has established an internship program where students are provided relevant firsthand work experience. The duration of an internship can vary depending on the number of credit hours (1-12) taken. Students majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration, as well as the minors in public administration and public affairs, are allowed to count three internship credit hours toward their major or minor.

Required Courses (18 hours)

  • PAD 210 (3) Introduction to Public Administration
  • PAD 211 (3) Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership
  • PAD 313 (3) Budgetary Processes in the United States
  • PAD 380QR (3) Public Sector Research Methods
  • PAD 411 (3) Public Sector Human Resources and Organization Theory
  • PSC 395 (1-12) Internship in Government and Politics 

Note: PSC 395 is required for students without any relevant administrative experience. Student must have completed 56 hours or more. Students with previous relevant administrative experience may select an Independent Study (PSC 390) for three credits with permission of the Internship Director.

Electives (15 hours)

Select five PSC or PAD courses, at least two of which are PAD courses.

  • PAD 412 (3) Nonprofit Administration
  • PAD 413 (3) Organizational Leadership and Behavior
  • PAD 414 (3) Public Policy Analysis
  • PAD 523 WI (3) Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Management
  • PAD 585 (3) Public Sector Information Technology Management

  • PSC 105 (3) Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • PSC 150 (3) Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 261 (3) State and Local Government
  • PSC 300 (3) Michigan Politics and Elections
  • PSC 301 (3) Law and Policy in Michigan State Government
  • PSC 321 (3) The American Chief Executive
  • PSC 513 (3) Citizen Engagement in Public Life
  • PSC 514 (3) American Public Policy Making
  • PSC 522 (3) Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
  • PSC 557 (3) War and Peace Studies
  • PSC 563 (3) Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
  • PSC 566 (3) Intergovernmental Relations in the United States

OR select one of the following certificates:

  • Undergraduate Certificate - International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Administration
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Public Policy Analysis
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Public and Social Entrepreneurship

    Note: A student earning a certificate must choose courses different than those chosen to fulfill the major required courses. Up to 6 hours of coursework from one certificate may be used to fulfill requirements in another certificate in the department. Although the major may be combined with any of the certificates, students pursuing the major in public and nonprofit administration are advised to consider choosing one from among the list above.

    Total: 33 semester hours

    Please see the CMU Undergraduate Bulletin.