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Public Administration


Program Overview

Prepare to make a difference in the public sector. A minor in public administration gives you the skills and insights to lead in a wide variety of roles throughout the public sector, from government to nonprofit organizations.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus, Online
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 21

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our country needs skilled, dedicated leaders in the public sector now more than ever. With our minor in public administration, you’ll be ready to make a real impact on government and nonprofit organizations.

You’ll study public sector organizations and how those organizations actively manage personnel and budgetary resources to improve the delivery of services to the public. This will help you build a skill-set to solve today’s governance challenges.

The minor in public administration is an excellent complement to any undergraduate major, including management; history; military science; journalism; philosophy; psychology; sociology; parks and recreation; and leisure services administration.

Program Highlights

As a public administration minor at CMU, you can:

  • Tailor your studies with courses in the American legislative process, environmental politics and policy or intergovernmental relations.
  • Learn from professors and practitioners who have decades of experience in the public sector.
  • Explore your passion for public service by joining Amnesty International at CMU, the International City/County Management Association or another registered student organization.

Careers & Outcomes

A minor in public administration leads to rewarding careers at any level of government, from city manager to policy analyst to contract specialist. Many of our graduates combine a minor in public administration with other interests to pursue careers in sociology, economics, nursing, community services and beyond.

Career Projected Salary
Planning Director $91,650
City/Town Administrator $98,980
Director of Transportation $83,135
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