Public administration encompasses various types of work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Traditionally, the field works to advance management and policies so government can run more effectively and efficiently. The field has now expanded to include the private and nonprofit sectors; from local to federal government, HR departments and budget offices to program managers and donor relations officers, public administrators work to administer programs that directly benefit the public. A multidisciplinary field, public administration allows practicitioners to explore several sub-fields such as human resources, organizational theory, budgeting, policy analysis, and statistics.
The Graduate Program in Public Administration provides training for work in: local, state, and federal agencies; private, nonprofit agencies and voluntary organizations; public affairs offices in private businesses; and legislative staff positions.
Located in the Department of Political Science, the program is NASPAA accredited and the oldest in the state of Michigan. The faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The vast majority of classes are held in the evening; there is no online degree program.